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Definition of inspection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    inspection

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspekʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspekʃn//
     
    [uncountable, countable]
     
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  1. 1an official visit to a school, factory, etc. in order to check that rules are being obeyed and that standards are acceptable Regular inspections are carried out at the prison. The head went on a tour of inspection of all the classrooms.
  2. 2the act of looking closely at something/somebody, especially to check that everything is as it should be synonym examination The documents are available for inspection. On closer inspection, the notes proved to be forgeries. Engineers carried out a thorough inspection of the track.
  3. Extra examples A company’s accounting records must be open for inspection at all times. A standard home-inspection report summarizes the condition of the house. All packages arriving at the building undergo an inspection. Closer inspection of the vase revealed it to be a fake. Following an on-site inspection, the surveyor prepared a written report on the property. He held out the saucepan for inspection. He knew that his motives would not bear close inspection= would be revealed as bad if someone inspected them. He knew that his motives would not bear too close an inspection. Nursing agencies are subject to inspection by the health authority. The architect is carrying out a thorough inspection of the building. The artwork requires close inspection by the viewer. The hotel passed its annual inspection. The problem was not discovered during the home inspection. The records are open to public inspection. The report seemed impressive at first, but on closer inspection there were several inaccuracies. They have refused to allow international inspection of their nuclear facilities. a creature which closer inspection revealed to be a bat a surprise inspection of the premises by the health inspector an inspection of the troops by the commander-in-chief the UN weapons inspection team Council officials made one site inspection of the property. On closer inspection, the notes proved to be forgeries. The documents are available for public inspection. The regional manager carried out a surprise inspection of the factory’s safety equipment.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inspection