from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To examine carefully and critically, especially for flaws.
- transitive v. To review or examine officially: The commander inspected the troops.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to examine critically or carefully; especially, to search out problems or determine condition; to scrutinize
- v. to view and examine officially
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To look upon; to view closely and critically, esp. in order to ascertain quality or condition, to detect errors, etc., to examine; to scrutinize; to investigate.
- transitive v. To view and examine officially, as troops, arms, goods offered, work done for the public, etc.; to oversee; to superintend.
- n. Inspection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To view closely and critically; examine (a thing or place) in order to ascertain its quality or condition; especially, to examine officially in order to make a formal report.
- Synonyms To scrutinize, investigate, oversee.
- To look closely; examine: with into.
- n. Inspection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
- v. look over carefully
- v. come to see in an official or professional capacity
From Latin īnspicere, īnspect- : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inspectum, past participle of inspicere ("to look into"), from in + spicere ("to look at") (Wiktionary)