Other forms: auditing; audits; audited

An audit is a thorough counting, review, or assessment of a situation or collection of things. Before baking cookies, you'd better make an audit of the ingredients available to see whether there is enough sugar and butter.

The most common use of the word audit is with the Internal Revenue Service, which sometimes performs an audit of a taxpayer’s finances to see whether that taxpayer has accurately reported his or her income. It can also be used in this context as a verb. It's easy to get nervous if the IRS is planning to audit you! You can also audit a class if you attend but don't pay for it. Just don't think that you'll get credit towards graduation from that.

Definitions of audit
  1. verb
    examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
    audit accounts and tax returns”
    synonyms: inspect, scrutinise, scrutinize
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    type of:
    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. noun
    a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation
    “he made an audit of all the plants on his property”
    “an energy efficiency audit
    “an email log audit
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    type of:
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  3. noun
    an inspection of the accounting procedures and records by a trained accountant or CPA
    synonyms: audited account
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    financial audit
    an attestation that the client's financial statement is accurate
    limited audit
    an audit of limited scope (limited in time span or confined to particular accounts etc.)
    type of:
    accounting, accounting system, method of accounting
    a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
  4. verb
    attend academic courses without getting credit
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    type of:
    learn, read, study, take
    be a student of a certain subject




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