inspection Definition

  • 1the act of examining something, often closely
  • 2an official visit to a building or organization to check that everything is satisfactory and that rules are being obeyed
  • 3a careful examination or scrutiny

Using inspection: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "inspection" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The inspector carried out an inspection of the factory.

  • Example

    The car was due for its annual inspection.

  • Example

    The teacher's inspection of the students' work was thorough.

  • Example

    The inspection revealed several safety violations.

inspection Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for inspection

Idioms Using inspection

  • to meet the required standards during an inspection


    The restaurant's kitchen must pass inspection before it can open for business.

  • to subject something to a careful examination or scrutiny


    The company's finances were put under inspection by the auditors.

  • white-glove inspection

    a very thorough and careful examination, often with a focus on cleanliness and attention to detail


    The hotel room received a white-glove inspection before the VIP guest arrived.

Phrases with inspection

  • a careful and detailed examination


    Upon close inspection, the painting was found to be a forgery.

  • being examined or scrutinized


    The car is currently under inspection by the mechanic.

  • a label affixed to a vehicle indicating that it has passed an official inspection


    The car's inspection sticker was about to expire.

Origins of inspection

from Latin 'inspectio', meaning 'a looking at'


Summary: inspection in Brief

The term 'inspection' [ɪnˈspɛkʃən] refers to the act of examining something, often closely, and can also denote an official visit to check that rules are being followed. It is used in contexts ranging from vehicle checks to building inspections, as in 'The inspector carried out an inspection of the factory.' 'Inspection' extends into phrases like 'close inspection,' and idioms like 'pass inspection,' denoting meeting required standards, and 'white-glove inspection,' implying a very thorough examination.

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