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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inspect mean? 

INSPECT (verb)
  The verb INSPECT has 3 senses:

1. look over carefully
2. come to see in an official or professional capacity
3. examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification

  Familiarity information: INSPECT used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSPECT (verb)

Sense 1inspect [BACK TO TOP]


Look over carefully

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

Please inspect your father's will carefully

Hypernyms (to "inspect" is one way to...):

examine; see (observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inspect"):

go over; review; survey (hold a review (of troops))

perambulate (make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property))

case (look over, usually with the intention to rob)

vet (examine carefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The customs agents inspect the bags for drugs

Sense 2inspect [BACK TO TOP]


Come to see in an official or professional capacity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


inspect; visit

Context examples:

The governor visited the prison / The grant administrator visited the laboratory

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 3inspect [BACK TO TOP]


Examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


audit; scrutinise; scrutinize; inspect

Context example:

audit accounts and tax returns

Hypernyms (to "inspect" is one way to...):

analyse; analyze; canvas; canvass; examine; study (consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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