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checkmate

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verb check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of checkmate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrest, thwart, or counter completely

  3. 2 :  to check (a chess opponent's king) so that escape is impossible



Examples of checkmate in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of checkmate

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


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checkmate

noun check·mate

Simple Definition of checkmate

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of checkmate

  1. 1 a :  the act of checkmating b :  the situation of a checkmated king

  2. 2 :  a complete check

Examples of checkmate in a sentence

  1. a brilliant move that resulted in checkmate

  2. The challenger can force a checkmate with his next move.



15th Century

First Known Use of checkmate

15th century

Rhymes with checkmate

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CHECKMATE Defined for Kids

checkmate

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noun check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of checkmate for Students

  1. :  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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