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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of inspicere, from specere 'to look'

inspect

verb
     
in‧spect [transitive]
1 to examine something carefully in order to find out more about it or to find out what is wrong with it:
I got out of the car to inspect the damage.
Police inspected the scene and interviewed all the staff.
inspect something for something
The police will inspect the venue for safety.
see usage note control2
2 to make an official visit to a building, organization etc to check that everything is satisfactory and that rules are being obeyed:
The building is regularly inspected by the fire-safety officer.
General Allenby arrived to inspect the troops.

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