Definition of auditor in English:



  • 1A person who conducts an audit.

    ‘the company is required to appoint auditors at each general meeting’
    ‘external auditors report on the financial statements’
    • ‘Far from merely scrutinising financial operations like external auditors, internal auditors look at the broader picture too.’
    • ‘Companies are hiring outside auditors to investigate whether abuses occurred in any of their funds.’
    • ‘The internal audit committee must agree with the appointment of external auditors.’
    • ‘Also gone are the days when the external auditors may perform the internal audit function.’
    • ‘For example, auditors study internal audit reports and results to determine areas for audit emphasis as well as potential cost savings.’
    • ‘The decision to appoint an external auditor for the bank is the mandate of the board of governors, a body superior to the board of directors.’
    • ‘Dublin City Council's auditors are conducting a study on how much taxi drivers are losing.’
    • ‘American lawyers say that it is almost impossible to sue external auditors for the debacle.’
    • ‘Frequently lacking any background in finance and accounting, these directors were rarely in a position to challenge management or external auditors.’
    • ‘It remained liable for the monitoring of the company, even when external auditors were appointed.’
    • ‘External auditors are barred from consulting work.’
    • ‘More than ever, external auditors will be conducting their examinations with an extra dose of professional scepticism.’
    • ‘Not just for accountants but for managers, auditors, share-holders and company directors, the world is now a different place.’
    • ‘The auditors have also informed the council they will be arriving to go through the accounts of the charter celebrations.’
    • ‘He stressed that the accounts have been audited internally, are open to public inspection and will be assessed by an external auditor.’
    • ‘The quality of the information is based on the board asking the right questions of the external auditors, hence the need for qualified financial experts.’
    • ‘The independence rules require that auditors refrain from investing in companies that they audit, to ensure objective, truthful reporting and opinion.’
    • ‘Investigators are reported to have documents in which company managers and external auditors allegedly drew the attention of the management board to the property valuations.’
    • ‘The Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Bill would require more exacting scrutiny by auditors and accountants.’
    • ‘He has ordered government auditors to conduct a study on the use of secret funds and report findings by year end.’
    • ‘Governors will in future directly appoint and manage external auditors on fair trading, rather than through an Executive department.’
    examiner, checker, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, surveyor, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analyst
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  • 2A listener.

    ‘so low was Deems's voice that his auditors had to give it close attention’
    • ‘It buys you a moment to get used to being on stage, it gives you a chance to speak out loud and to steady your voice and it establishes a relationship with the auditors.’
    • ‘I sat in my auditor's seat listening to her.’
    1. 2.1North American A person who attends a class informally without working for credit.


Middle English: from Old French auditeur, from Latin auditor, from audire ‘to hear’.