audit

detailed checking of the financial records of a business by an independent qualified person ( auditor) in order to verify their correctness or to detect errors or fraud. Glossary of Business Terms
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An examination of a company's accounting records and books conducted by an outside professional in order to determine whether the company is maintaining records according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
See: accountant's opinion. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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I. audit au‧dit 1 [ˈɔːdt ǁ ˈɒː-] noun [countable]
1. ACCOUNTING an official examination of a person's or organization's accounts by an expert, to check that they are true and honest:

• An audit of the company showed accumulated losses of £1.5 billion.

• The accounts will need to have an independent audit before they can be submitted.

• We carry out a full internal audit once a year.

conˌtinuous ˈaudit ACCOUNTING
an audit where a company's financial records are checked for mistakes etc through the whole year, rather than just once a year
exˌternal ˈaudit ACCOUNTING
an audit done by an expert from outside a company or organization that is being audited
2. HUMAN RESOURCES COMMERCE an examination of an organization's activities or performance:

• The prison population has risen by 2,500 in the last six months, according to a government audit.

• She wants the oil company to agree to an external audit of its environmental policies.

ˌgreen ˈaudit ECONOMICS
an official examination of the effects of a company's activities on the environment
ˌsocial ˈaudit also ˌethical ˈaudit HUMAN RESOURCES
an official examination of how well a company behaves, for example how it treats its employees, the environment etc:

• The social audit of Ben and Jerry's in general commends the company, which gives 7.5% of pre-tax profits to charity.

  [m0] II. audit audit 2 verb [transitive]
1. ACCOUNTING to officially check that an individual's or organization's accounts are true and honest:

• To taxpayers who've been audited, the Internal Revenue Service is a frightening organization.

2. COMMERCE ECONOMICS to check a particular part of an organization's activities or performance:

• When the cars it builds in Canada were audited, they were accepted as having the 50% North American content required under trade rules.

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   An official examination of a company's accounts.

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audit UK US /ˈɔːdɪt/ noun [C or U]
ACCOUNTING an examination of the accounts of a business, usually by experts from outside the business: »

A full audit is performed each year by a district auditor.

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We conducted an audit of the accounts for the year 2009/10.

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Companies must issue a statutory audit report.

an audit committee/firm/team »

Members of the audit committee must be independent.

an official examination of the quality or condition of something: complete/conduct/do/undertake an audit »

We conduct an annual audit to ensure that we comply with standards.

a performance/quality/skills audit »

Departments must carry out an internal quality audit.

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Managers should undertake an audit of staff performance.

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an independent audit of needs and facilities

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The whole process is subject to audit and inspection.

See also BRAND AUDIT(Cf. brand audit), CONTINUOUS AUDIT(Cf. ↑continuous audit), CULTURAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑cultural audit), DESIGN AUDIT(Cf. ↑design audit), ENERGY AUDIT(Cf. ↑energy audit), ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑environmental audit), EXTERNAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑external audit), FINANCIAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑financial audit), GREEN AUDIT(Cf. ↑green audit), INFORMATION AUDIT(Cf. ↑information audit), INTERNAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑internal audit), IT AUDIT(Cf. ↑IT audit), MANAGEMENT AUDIT(Cf. ↑management audit), MARKET AUDIT(Cf. ↑market audit), NON-AUDIT(Cf. ↑non-audit), PERFORMANCE AUDIT(Cf. ↑performance audit), POSITION AUDIT(Cf. ↑position audit), SOCIAL AUDIT(Cf. ↑social audit), TAX AUDIT(Cf. ↑tax audit)
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audit UK US /ˈɔːdɪt/ verb [T]
ACCOUNTING to make an official examination of the accounts of a business and produce a report: »

The accounts are audited annually.

have sth audited »

They had the books audited by a qualified accountant.

to make an official examination of the quality or condition of something: »

Our operations are regularly audited.

be independently/externally audited »

Our quality system is independently audited by an approved certification body.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

Synonyms:
(as accounts, to ascertain whether they are correct or not) / /


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