Definition of CHECK

the amount owed at a bar or restaurant or the slip of paper stating the amount <diners at that temple of gastronomy often look shocked when they receive the check>
Synonyms bill, tab
a close look at or over someone or something in order to judge condition <made a careful check of the antique table before buying it>
a record of goods sold or services performed together with the costs due <request a detailed check from the company before sending any money>
a small sheet of plastic, paper, or paperboard showing that the bearer has a claim to something (as admittance) <handed over a check for his coat>
Related Words certificate, note, token, voucher
something that limits one's freedom of action or choice <the judiciary is intended to be a check on the executive and legislative branches of government>
Near Antonyms freedom, latitude
an irregular usually narrow break in a surface created by pressure <the network of fine checks on the surface would indicate that the painting is quite old>
the stopping of a process or activity <the announcement of bad news gave a sudden check to the celebration>

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