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inspectverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈspekt/
C1 to ​look at something or someone ​carefully in ​order to ​discoverinformation, ​especially about ​theirquality or ​condition: After the ​crash both ​drivers got out and inspected ​theircars for ​damage. She ​held the ​banknote up to the ​light and inspected it carefully. to ​officiallyvisit 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 ​examinedcarefully by a ​speciallytrainedperson, in ​order to ​discover if there is anything ​wrong with ​itsstructure.

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

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inspectverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈspekt/
to ​look at something or someone ​carefully in ​order to ​discoverinformation, esp. about ​quality or ​condition: After the ​accident both ​drivers got out and inspected ​theircars for ​damage. If an ​officialperson inspects a thing, ​place, or a ​group of ​people, the ​officiallookscarefully 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)

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inspectverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈspekt/
to ​look at something carefully in ​order to ​check its ​quality or ​condition: Inspect the ​goods carefully before you ​acceptdelivery of them.inspect (sth) for sth There is a ​process to ​forcegascompanies 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)
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