[ aw-dit ]
/ ˈɔ dɪt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.

Origin of audit

1400–50; late Middle English audite < Latin audītus the sense or act of hearing, equivalent to audī(re) to hear + -tus suffix of v. action


au·dit·a·ble, adjectivere·au·dit, noun, verbun·au·dit·ed, adjectivewell-au·dit·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for audit

/ (ˈɔːdɪt) /


  1. an inspection, correction, and verification of business accounts, conducted by an independent qualified accountant
  2. (as modifier)audit report
US an audited account
any thoroughgoing check or examination
archaic a hearing


to inspect, correct, and certify (accounts, etc)
US and Canadian to attend (classes, etc) as an auditor

Word Origin for audit

C15: from Latin audītus a hearing, from audīre to hear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for audit


The examination by an outside party of the accounts of an individual or corporation.

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