Definition of inspect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    inspect

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪnˈspɛkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inspect
     
    he / she / it inspects
     
    past simple inspected
     
    -ing form inspecting
     
     
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  1. 1to look closely at something or someone, especially to check that everything is as it should be synonym examine inspect something/somebody The teacher walked around inspecting their work. Make sure you inspect the goods before signing for them. inspect something/somebody for something The plants are regularly inspected for disease. synonyms at check
  2. 2inspect something to officially visit a school, factory, etc. in order to check that rules are being obeyed and that standards are acceptable Public health officials were called in to inspect the premises. The Tourist Board inspects all recommended hotels at least once a year.
  3. Thesauruscheckexamine inspect go over somethingThese words all mean to look closely to make sure that everything is correct, in good condition, or acceptable.check to look at something closely to make sure that everything is correct, in good condition, safe, or satisfactory:Check your work before handing it in.examine to look at someone or something closely to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem:The goods were examined for damage.inspect to look at someone or something closely to make sure that everything is satisfactory; to officially visit a school, factory, etc. in order to check that rules are being followed and that standards are acceptable:Make sure you inspect the goods before signing for them. The state health board inspects all restaurants at least once a year.check, examine, or inspect?All these words can be used when you are looking for possible problems, but only check is used for mistakes:Examine/Inspect your work before handing it in.Only examine is used when looking for the cause of a problem:The doctor checked/inspected her but could find nothing wrong.Examine is used more often when talking about the activities of a professional person:The surveyor examined the walls for signs of termites.Inspect is used more often about an official:Public health officials were called in to inspect the nursing home.go over something to check something carefully for mistakes, damage, or anything dangerous:My boss goes over each report in detail.Patterns to check/examine/inspect/go over something for something to check/examine/inspect/go over something to see if/whether… to check/examine/inspect/go over something carefully/thoroughly
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