inspect - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/ɪnˈspekt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyinspect
he/she/itinspects
present participleinspecting
past tenseinspected
past participleinspected
  1. 1
    to look at something carefully in order to check that it is correct or good enough

    Engineers will inspect the site later today.

    inspect something closely/carefully/thoroughly:

    Make sure you inspect the goods carefully as soon as you receive them.

    inspect something for something:

    The young plants are regularly inspected for disease and insects.

    1. a.
      to look at something carefully

      She bent down to inspect the stain on the rug.

  2. 2
    to check officially that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should

    The ground has already been inspected by the Sports Safety Council.

    Customs officers came aboard to inspect our documents.