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English definition of “external audit”

external audit

noun [C]    
ACCOUNTING an official examination of the accounts of a company or organization by an expert from outside : He called for an external audit of the society's records .
LAW an examination of the activities of a company or organization in order to make certain it is obeying the law : The team completed its audit of the hazardous waste treatment facility this week .
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(Definition of external audit noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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