check·​out | \ ˈchek-ˌau̇t How to pronounce checkout (audio) \

Definition of checkout

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1 : the action or an instance of checking out … Educators receive new library card privileges, including 100 simultaneous checkouts— Andrew Wilson and Leanne Ellis When I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags to the store, I ask for a brown paper sack at checkout instead of a plastic one.— Claire Haffernean How much will my final hotel bill be at checkout?— Bob Sullivan often used attributivelya checkout line/counter
2 : the time at which a lodger must vacate a room (as in a hotel) or be charged for retaining it
3 : a counter or area in a store where goods are checked out
4a : the action of examining and testing something for performance, suitability, or readiness
b : the action of familiarizing oneself with the operation of a mechanical thing (such as an airplane)

check out

checked out; checking out; checks out

Definition of check out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to vacate and pay for one's lodging (as at a hotel)
2 : die
3 : to have the cost of purchases totaled and pay the cost Self-service kiosks—those ATM-like machines that let you check in at the airport or check out at the grocery store all on your own—are sweeping into more retailers and service spots.— Barbara Kiviat

transitive verb

1 : to satisfy all requirements in taking away checked out a library book
2a : to itemize and total the cost of and receive payment for (outgoing merchandise) especially in a self-service store
b : to have the cost totaled and pay for (purchases) at a checkout

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of checkout in a Sentence

Noun She paid for the room at checkout. There was a long line at the checkout. Verb check out the house and let me know if you think it's worth buying there are a lot of sights around the world that I want to see before I check out
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now through December 25, 2019, enter code TT50 at checkout and receive 50% off Survival Frog Tesla Lighters. Ben Romans, Field & Stream, "Last-Minute Gift Guide for Hunting and Fishing Gear," 13 Dec. 2019 The now-ubiquitous marking, composed of unique black bars and a 12-digit number, allowed retailers to identify products and their prices as they are scanned, usually at checkout., "Former IBM engineer George Laurer, father of the supermarket bar code, dies at 94," 10 Dec. 2019 The now-ubiquitous marking, composed of unique black bars and a 12-digit number, allowed retailers to identify products and their prices as they are scanned, usually at checkout., "Former IBM engineer George Laurer, father of the supermarket bar code, dies at 94," 10 Dec. 2019 The now-ubiquitous marking, composed of unique black bars and a 12-digit number, allowed retailers to identify products and their prices as they are scanned, usually at checkout., "Maryland alumnus George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94," 9 Dec. 2019 Fintech startups such as Affirm and Afterpay now provide instalment loans to shoppers at checkout. The Economist, "Created to democratise credit, P2P lenders are going after big money," 5 Dec. 2019 Use the exclusive code WIREDBF at checkout for the discount. Wired, "The Best Black Friday Home, Kitchen, and Mattress Deals," 28 Nov. 2019 Marshalls will offer free shipping on all orders of more than $89 with the code SHIP89 at checkout. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Marshalls Finally Launches an Online Store and There Go Our Evening Plans," 24 Sep. 2019 But consider this upsetting forecast a solid reminder to remember environmental cost before proceeding to checkout. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "A Million Packages Will Be Returned to E-comm Retailers Every Day in December," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The media came to check out facilities and dig into details like camera angles at Fiserv Forum, transportation to and from the main convention venues, and housing. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Making a first impression: Milwaukee hosts national media ahead of 2020 DNC," 7 Jan. 2020 Preview weekend Be among the first to see the cars on display before the auction gets going and check out the activities that are available. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020: Everything you need to know to attend the car auction," 2 Jan. 2020 For a splurge, check out the two-night Restore and Recharge package (from $2,500) at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour in Miami. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "11 Places to Recoup After the Holidays," 1 Jan. 2020 Take an indirect route through the room, mingling, checking out decorations. Sara Jo Nixon, Quartz, "Read this if you’re feeling some kind of way about holiday drinking," 30 Dec. 2019 Anyone with a passion for language or a burning desire to learn more trivia should check out Bagels, Bumf, and Buses. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Five books we’re most excited to read in 2020," 29 Dec. 2019 Marketing agencies, professional services firms, and, yes, giants of finance, have checked out the space as well, Heller said., "Now, one of the square’s signature buildings is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with an eye to attracting companies that form one of the new pillars of Boston’s economy: the tech industry.," 29 Dec. 2019 To see which other social media stars had a big 2019 beyond the various digital platforms, check out the video above, which was made in collaboration with What’s Trending. Gerrad Hall,, "The biggest social media stars of 2019 — Lilly Singh, Ninja, Lil Nas X, and more," 26 Dec. 2019 In Waikiki, check out Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani and Renew (formerly Hotel Renew), two reimagined classics that are bringing a breath of fresh air to the shore. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Warm Winter Vacations in Places That Never Get Cold," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of checkout


1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of checkout was in 1921

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Checkout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkout

: the action or an instance of leaving your room in a hotel, motel, etc., after you are finished staying there
: the time by which you must leave your room when you have finished staying in a hotel, motel, etc.
: the place or area where goods are paid for in a store (such as a supermarket)

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