The definition of inspect is to carefully look over someone or something, especially to determine if minimum criteria or standards are met.verb
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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to look at carefully; examine critically, esp. in order to detect flaws, errors, etc.
- to examine or review (troops, etc.) officially
Origin: L inspectare, freq. < inspectus, pp. of inspicere, to look into, examine < in-, in, at + specere, to look at: see spy
- inspective noun
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transitive verb in·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: From Latin īnspicere, īnspect- : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- in·specˈtive adjective