verb (used with object)

  1. to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically: to inspect every part of the motor.
  2. to view or examine formally or officially: The general inspected the troops.

verb (tr)

  1. to examine closely, esp for faults or errors
  2. to scrutinize officially (a document, military personnel on ceremonial parade, etc)

1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere “to look into” (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.

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