WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
au•dit /ˈɔdɪt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Businessan official examination and inspection of financial accounts and records:an audit of the university's expenditures.
- the inspection of something, as a building, to determine its safety, efficiency, or the like.
- Business to make an official examination of (accounts, records, etc.):[~ + object]They audited our tax returns last year.
- Educationto attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor: [~ + object]She audited the English class.[no object]She's not officially registered, so she's just auditing.
- [~ + object] to make an examination or inspection of (a building or other facility) to check safety or efficiency.
(ô′dit),USA pronunciation n.
- Businessan official examination and verification of accounts and records, esp. of financial accounts.
- Businessa report or statement reflecting an audit;
a final statement of account.
- the inspection or examination of a building or other facility to evaluate or improve its appropriateness, safety, efficiency, or the like:An energy audit can suggest ways to reduce home fuel bills.
- [Archaic.]a judicial hearing.
- [Obs.]an audience.
- Businessto make an audit of;
examine (accounts, records, etc.) for purposes of verification:The accountants audited the company's books at the end of the fiscal year.
- Educationto attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor.
- to make an audit of (a building or other facility) to evaluate or improve its safety, efficiency, or the like.
- Businessto examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.
- Latin audītus the sense or act of hearing, equivalent. to audī(re) to hear + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
- late Middle English audite 1400–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
audit /ˈɔːdɪt/ n
- an inspection, correction, and verification of business accounts, conducted by an independent qualified accountant
- (as modifier): audit report
- US an audited account
- any thoroughgoing check or examination
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin audītus a hearing, from audīre to hear
- to inspect, correct, and certify (accounts, etc)
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