› the act of looking at something carefully to check its quality or condition: carry out/make an inspection Normally you will carry out an inspection of the goods as soon as possible after delivery. a close/detailed/thorough inspectionon closer/close inspection The goods looked fine, but, on closer inspection, several items were found to be faulty. Please present your ID for inspection when entering the building.
› HR, WORKPLACE an official visit to a building or organization to check that everything is correct and legal: carry out/make/conduct an inspection The architect proposes to carry out an inspection of the building.a routine/regular/surprise inspection They found contamination on some equipment during a routine inspection in October. The premises are subject to a full inspection by Council officers each year.fail/pass an inspection The hospital must first pass an inspection. a health and safety inspection When you're buying a house, you need to get a house inspection done first, to make sure the house is in good condition.