A mechanic inspects an automobile.
When you are checking how well someone dusted and you use a white glove to run it along surfaces to test whether the dusting was done well, this is an example of when you inspect the dusting.
- to look at carefully; examine critically, esp. in order to detect flaws or errors
- to examine or review (troops, etc.) officially
Origin of inspectClassical Latin inspectare, frequentative from inspectus, past participle of inspicere, to look into, examine from in-, in, at + specere, to look at: see spy
transitive verbin·spect·ed, in·spect·ing, in·spects
- To examine carefully and critically, especially for flaws.
- To review or examine officially: The commander inspected the troops.
Origin of inspectFrom Latin īnspicere īnspect- in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. specere to look at ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inspects, present participle inspecting, simple past and past participle inspected)
From Latin inspectum, past participle of inspicere (“to look into”), from in + spicere (“to look at”)