Meaning of “inspect” in the English Dictionary

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"inspect" in British English

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inspectverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈspekt/ us /ɪnˈspekt/

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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(Definition of “inspect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inspect" in American English

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inspectverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈspekt/

to look at something or someone carefully in order to discover information, esp. about quality or condition:

After the accident both drivers got out and inspected their cars for damage.

If an official person inspects a thing, place, or a group of people, the official looks carefully in order to make certain the thing, place, or group is in good condition and that rules are being obeyed:

Someone from the Health Department will inspect the restaurant this afternoon.

(Definition of “inspect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inspect" in Business English

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inspectverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈspekt/ us

to look at something carefully in order to check its quality or condition:

Inspect the goods carefully before you accept delivery of them.
inspect (sth) for sth There is a process to force gas companies to inspect for leaks more frequently.

HR, WORKPLACE to officially visit a building or organization in order to check that everything is correct and legal:

They did a two-day, on-site survey to inspect the facility.
The premises are inspected twice a year by the Trading Standards Officer.

(Definition of “inspect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)