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inspect

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈspekt/ us  
C1 to look at something or someone carefully in order to discover information, especially about their quality or condition: After the crash both drivers got out and inspected their cars for damage. She held the bank note up to the light and inspected it carefully. to officially visit a place or a group of people in order to check that everything is correct and legal: An official from the Department of Health will be inspecting the restaurant this afternoon. The King inspected the troops. [T often passive] US ( UK survey) If a building is inspected, it is examined carefully by a specially trained person, in order to discover if there is anything wrong with its structure.
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