from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An examination of records or financial accounts to check their accuracy.
  • n. An adjustment or correction of accounts.
  • n. An examined and verified account.
  • transitive v. To examine, verify, or correct the financial accounts of: Independent accountants audit the company annually. The IRS audits questionable income tax returns.
  • transitive v. To attend (a course) without requesting or receiving academic credit.
  • intransitive v. To examine financial accounts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An examination in general.
  • n. A judicial examination.
  • n. An independent review and examination of records and activities to assess the adequacy of system controls, to ensure compliance with established policies and operational procedures, and to recommend necessary changes in controls, policies, or procedures
  • n. Spiritual counseling, which forms the core of Dianetics.
  • v. To conduct an independent review and examination of system records and activities in order to test the adequacy and effectiveness of data security and data integrity procedures, to ensure compliance with established policy and operational procedures, and to recommend any necessary changes
  • v. To attend an academic class on a not-for-academic-credit basis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An audience; a hearing.
  • n. An examination in general; a judicial examination.
  • n. The result of such an examination, or an account as adjusted by auditors; final account.
  • n. A general receptacle or receiver.
  • intransitive v. To settle or adjust an account.
  • transitive v. To examine and adjust, as an account or accounts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make audit of; examine and verify by reference to vouchers, as an account or accounts: as, to audit the accounts of a treasurer.
  • To examine into the correctness of an account; act as an auditor.
  • n. Audience; hearing.
  • n. Official examination and verification of accounts or claims; an examination into accounts or dealings with money or property; especially, an examination of accounts by proper officers, or persons appointed for that purpose, who compare the charges with the vouchers, examine witnesses, and state the result.
  • n. Hence A calling to account; an examination into one's actions.
  • n. An account or a statement of account; a balance-sheet.
  • n. A periodical auditing or settlement of accounts; hence, receipts; revenues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attend academic courses without getting credit
  • n. an inspection of the accounting procedures and records by a trained accountant or CPA
  • v. examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  • n. a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation


Middle English (influenced by auditor, auditor), from Latin audītus, a hearing, from past participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin audītus, from audiō ("I hear"). (Wiktionary)



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