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inspect

[ in-spekt ]
/ ɪnˈspɛkt /
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verb (used with object)

to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically: to inspect every part of the motor.
to view or examine formally or officially: The general inspected the troops.

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Origin of inspect

1615–25; <Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere to look into, inspect. See in-2, species

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British Dictionary definitions for inspect

inspect
/ (ɪnˈspɛkt) /

verb (tr)

to examine closely, esp for faults or errors
to scrutinize officially (a document, military personnel on ceremonial parade, etc)

Derived forms of inspect

Word Origin for inspect

C17: from Latin inspicere, from specere to look
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