- 1 to examine or check something carefully Go over your work before you hand it in. Synonymscheckexamine 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 somebody/something closely to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem:The goods were examined for damage on arrival.inspect to look at somebody/something closely to make sure that everything is satisfactory; to officially visit a school, factory, etc. in order to check that rules are being obeyed and that standards are acceptable:Make sure you inspect the goods before signing for them. The Tourist Board inspects all recommended hotels 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 about a professional person:The surveyor examined the walls for signs of damp.Inspect is used more often about an official:Public health officials were called in to inspect the restaurant.go over something to check something carefully for mistakes, damage or anything dangerous:Go over your work for spelling mistakes before you hand it in.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
- 2to study something carefully, especially by repeating it He went over the events of the day in his mind (= thought about them carefully).
to move from one place to another, especially when this means crossing something such as a room, town or city He went over and shook hands with his guests. Many Irish people went over to America during the famine.