Definition of inspector in English:



  • 1An official employed to ensure that official regulations are obeyed, especially in public services.

    ‘a prison inspector’
    • ‘Government inspectors have praised hospital services in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale in a new report.’
    • ‘Canada would monitor their interaction to ensure the inspectors don't go off task.’
    • ‘Suggestions from the council's own inspectors and the public were also put forward and a list of schemes was selected.’
    • ‘Council bosses have just appointed a team of inspectors to ensure the works are completed on time and done properly.’
    • ‘He said a sufficiently large and representative group of inspectors would ensure impartiality.’
    • ‘Ten newly-recruited labour inspectors will ensure that the bill is enforced.’
    • ‘But the service gets only one out of three possible stars because the inspectors believe the service is unlikely to get any better.’
    • ‘This did not look good - either to the companies which had started arriving or to the fire and public safety inspectors.’
    • ‘This designation was challenged by developers at the public inquiry but the inspector has backed up the planners.’
    • ‘Social Services inspectors were monitoring how the money was beings spent, she said.’
    • ‘Her father was one of the inspectors employed to help maintain the rabbit proof fence.’
    • ‘The inspectors found that the service was moving the right way.’
    • ‘But after an investigation at the block, fire service inspectors decided the walls did not need to be reinforced.’
    • ‘Social welfare service employees and municipal inspectors are also on strike.’
    • ‘As for the Law Society, it is concerned about the choice of home inspectors and their regulation.’
    • ‘What are the implications of this for ensuring that luggage inspectors remain vigilant?’
    • ‘And fire service inspectors visit the care homes at least once a year as part of their statutory duties.’
    • ‘The school is also regularly monitored by inspectors from the watchdog group to ensure standards are being improved and maintained.’
    • ‘The inspectors - like the public - found it almost impossible to walk through the area.’
    • ‘I contacted a U.S. Secret Service inspector and asked his official opinion about this device.’
    examiner, checker, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, surveyor, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analyst
    observer, overseer, supervisor, monitor, watchdog, ombudsman
    examinant, scrutinator
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    1. 1.1British An official who examines bus or train tickets to check that they are valid.
      • ‘When the most pleasant person you meet on your way in is the ticket inspector, you know things are bad.’
      • ‘A ticket inspector climbed aboard along the Whitechapel Road, failing to find anyone who'd sneaked on without paying.’
      • ‘Suddenly I get that feeling like when the bus inspector asks for your ticket.’
      • ‘I handed the inspector the ticket, and I ran, and they ran after me.’
      • ‘Newly released figures show that only one in five passengers will be checked by an inspector to see if they have bought a ticket.’
      • ‘One is a an old routemaster with a ticket inspector, while the other is newer bus with a driver who takes tickets.’
      • ‘He was charged with carrying an offensive weapon, following a threat to a ticket inspector who wanted to check his ticket for a second time.’
      • ‘When we finally arrive in Paddington at half past ten, a ticket inspector then demands that I pay the full fare.’
      • ‘They then have ticket inspectors on the train to validate your validated ticket.’
      • ‘A former ticket inspector, Robert has worked at Sutton Coldfield station.’
      • ‘There would be no fares to collect, and no ticket inspectors.’
      • ‘I explained I had tried to buy a ticket but the inspector was very rude and told me to get off.’
      • ‘November 19, he spat at a ticket inspector at Fareham Station.’
      • ‘Three men dressed as nothing special stand and show their brass medallions and eye us now as ticket inspectors.’
      • ‘This morning, as I got off the train there were no ticket inspectors at the end of the platform.’
      • ‘There were no female police officers there and I feel the whole thing would have been better dealt with by ticket inspectors.’
      • ‘They stopped customers before they reached the automatic gates where the ticket inspectors were positioned.’
      • ‘And it is interesting how ticket inspectors and train announcers all suddenly vanish when there is a delay.’
      • ‘Perhaps I could buy a ticket off the ticket inspector on the train I told myself.’
      • ‘The ticket inspector is their high priest and the crowds gathered at the bus stops are their congregation.’
      examiner, checker, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, surveyor, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analyst
      observer, overseer, supervisor, monitor, watchdog, ombudsman
      examinant, scrutinator
      View synonyms
  • 2A police officer ranking below a superintendent or police chief.

    [as title] ‘Inspector Simmons’
    • ‘The problem was that she was the wife of a police inspector.’
    • ‘Mrs King is being supported by her husband Simon, a police inspector with Wiltshire Constabulary, who is also a seasoned runner.’
    • ‘Following the stories and letters in the Citizen regarding taxis using bus lanes I have met with a police inspector and the truth appears to be emerging.’
    • ‘An inspector and several other police officers get out and stand in the middle of the road.’
    • ‘The next day a police inspector interrupted his speech to inform him that he was contravening a by-law by speaking in the square.’
    • ‘In 1853 he joined the Victoria police and served as inspector and superintendent in various goldfield towns.’
    • ‘Senior police inspectors come and hug him affectionately all along the route.’
    • ‘A police inspector standing nearby saw what was happening but did not intervene to help the plaintiff restrain the prisoner.’
    • ‘More than a third of police inspectors are performing high-risk roles with no training for the job, a survey has revealed.’
    • ‘I had a close friend who was a police inspector in Manchester, another who was with the dog unit in Merseyside.’
    • ‘A police inspector had heard shouting, slaps and yelps through an open window and found the injured dog in bloody sheets of newspaper inside the house.’
    • ‘The Kanagawa police inspectors were there as Frankie Furukawa entered the room.’
    • ‘The police inspector in charge of the operation owned up that his job was to calculate the number of officers used according to the rates set by the government.’
    • ‘He claimed that a police inspector who arrived at the scene made racist remarks about the victim.’
    • ‘The BJP government took direct control of the postings and transfer of police inspectors.’
    • ‘‘One of the prints we have found is yours,’ a Strathclyde Police detective inspector told her.’
    • ‘A police inspector was arrested while on duty for alleged drink driving, a court heard.’
    • ‘Back in the police station, the inspector slapped Baig many times and pushed him around.’
    • ‘The inspector at Melksham police station is to move on after nearly two years in the role.’
    • ‘It's hard for me to imagine such a person holding a job as a cashier, much less a police inspector.’