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  1. an official examination and verification of accounts and records, especially of financial accounts.
  2. a report or statement reflecting an audit; a final statement of account.
  3. the inspection or examination of a building or other facility to evaluate or improve its appropriateness, safety, efficiency, or the like: An energy audit can suggest ways to reduce home fuel bills.
  4. Archaic. a judicial hearing.
  5. Obsolete. an audience.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make an audit of; examine (accounts, records, etc.) for purposes of verification: The accountants audited the company's books at the end of the fiscal year.
  2. to attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor.
  3. to make an audit of (a building or other facility) to evaluate or improve its safety, efficiency, or the like.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.
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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
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  • He returned to the smoking compartment, where the Backslid Baptist was auditing his tips.

    Lady Luck

    Hugh Wiley

  • And you can hide the discrepancy on your books from the auditing committee?

    The Landloper

    Holman Day

  • He was blandly present sometimes at an auditing of accounts.

  • The Government maintained an auditing organization at each job.

  • I have almost finished up this work of auditing and clearing the estate.

    Bohemian Days

    Geo. Alfred Townsend

British Dictionary definitions for auditing


    1. an inspection, correction, and verification of business accounts, conducted by an independent qualified accountant
    2. (as modifier)audit report
  1. US an audited account
  2. any thoroughgoing check or examination
  3. archaic a hearing
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  1. to inspect, correct, and certify (accounts, etc)
  2. US and Canadian to attend (classes, etc) as an auditor
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin audītus a hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for auditing



early 15c., from Latin auditus "a hearing," past participle of audire "hear" (see audience). Official examination of accounts, which originally was an oral procedure.

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mid-15c., from audit (n.). Related: Audited; auditing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

auditing in Culture


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

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