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verb check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of CHECKMATE

transitive verb
:  to arrest, thwart, or counter completely
:  to check (a chess opponent's king) so that escape is impossible

Examples of CHECKMATE

  1. <finally checkmated the billionaire in his attempt to take over the movie studio>


Middle English chekmaten, from chekmate, interjection used to announce checkmate, from Anglo-French eschec mat, from Arabic shāh māt, from Persian, literally, the king is left unable to escape
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CHECKMATE

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: a situation in chess in which a player loses the game because that player's king is in a position from which it cannot escape

Full Definition of CHECKMATE

a :  the act of checkmating
b :  the situation of a checkmated king
:  a complete check

Examples of CHECKMATE

  1. a brilliant move that resulted in checkmate
  2. The challenger can force a checkmate with his next move.

First Known Use of CHECKMATE

15th century
CHECKMATE Defined for Kids


noun check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of CHECKMATE for Kids

:  a situation in chess in which a player loses because the player's king is in a position from which it cannot escape capture


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