[ in-spekt ]
/ ɪnˈspɛkt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. insouciant,
  2. insoul,
  3. insourcing,
  4. insp.,
  5. inspan,
  6. inspection,
  7. inspection arms,
  8. inspection chamber,
  9. inspection pit,
  10. inspective

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


/ (ɪnˈspɛkt) /

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for inspect

C17: from Latin inspicere, from specere to look

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Word Origin and History for inspect



1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere "to look into" (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.

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