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



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspektə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspektər//
    People in schools, The police, Train and bus travel, Professions
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  1. 1 a person whose job is to visit schools, factories, etc. to check that rules are being obeyed and that standards are acceptable a school/health/safety, etc. inspector see also tax inspector See related entries: People in schools, Professions
  2. 2 (abbreviation Insp) an officer of middle rank in the police force Inspector Maggie Forbes see also chief inspector See related entries: The police
  3. 3 (in Britain) a person whose job is to check tickets on a bus or train to make sure that they are valid See related entries: Train and bus travel
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, from inspicere (from in- ‘in’ + specere ‘look at’).Extra examples An inspector was sent to the scene of the incident. He agreed to allow weapons inspectors in his country. He reached the rank of inspector. Independent inspectors were called in. The school inspectors were called in. UN weapons inspectors You should hire a professional home inspector before buying. an inspector of prisons the inspector in charge of producing the report The health and safety inspector wrote a worrying report on the building. a school inspector
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inspector