[ aw-dit ]
/ ˈɔ dɪt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Nearby words

  1. audiotape,
  2. audiotypist,
  3. audiovisual,
  4. audiovisual aids,
  5. audiphone,
  6. audit bureau of circulation,
  7. audit trail,
  8. auditing,
  9. audition,
  10. auditionee

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

Related formsau·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for auditable


/ (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

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Word Origin and History for auditable
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Culture definitions for auditable


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

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