noun \ˈchek\

Definition of check

  1. 1 :  exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety with his king in check

  2. 2a :  a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress :  arrest the outbreak of war in 1939 gave a sudden check to the sculptor's work — Herbert Readb :  a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)

  3. 3 :  a sudden pause or break in a progression the invaders coming in without a check

  4. 4 archaic :  reprimand, rebuke

  5. 5 :  one that arrests, limits, or restrains :  restraint against all checks, rebukes, and manners, I must advance — William Shakespeare

  6. 6a :  a standard for testing and evaluation :  criterionb :  examination a quick check of the enginec :  inspection, investigation a loyalty check on government employeesd :  the act of testing or verifying making a check on the data; also :  the sample or unit used for testing or verifying

  7. 7 :  a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed :  draft Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card?

  8. 8a :  a ticket or token showing ownership or identity or indicating payment made a baggage checkb :  a counter in various gamesc :  a slip indicating the amount due :  bill ask the waiter for the check

  9. 9 [Middle English chek, short for cheker checker] a :  a pattern in squares that resembles a checkerboard bordered her plain shower curtain with a check in coordinating bathroom colorsb :  a fabric woven or printed with such a design Fashionable checks come in all sizes and colors in both twill and square weaves.

  10. 10 :  a mark typically √ placed beside an item to show it has been noted, examined, or verified

  11. 11 :  crack, break


play \ˈche-kləs\ adjective

in check

  1. :  under restraint or control trying to keep his emotions in check

Examples of check in a Sentence

  1. Please give the schedule a check to see if the times are correct.

  2. I gave the ingredients list a quick check to see if the cereal contained any sugar.

  3. She ran a quick check of the computer to make sure it was working properly.

  4. The police ran a check on the license plate and found out that the car had been stolen.

  5. He was penalized for an illegal check.

  6. He made out the check to me and signed it, and I deposited it in my account.

  7. Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card?

  8. a fabric with a blue and yellow check

Origin and Etymology of check

Middle English chek, from Anglo-French eschec, from Arabic shāh, from Persian, literally, king; akin to Greek ktasthai to acquire, Sanskrit kṣatra dominion




Definition of check

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put (a chess king) in check

  3. 2 chiefly dialectal :  rebuke, reprimand

  4. 3a :  to slow or bring to a stop :  brake hastily checked the impulseb :  to block the progress of (someone, such as a hockey player)

  5. 4a :  to restrain or diminish the action or force of :  control tried to thwart or check our purposes in the legislatureb :  to slack or ease off (a rope) and then belay again

  6. 5a :  to compare with a source, original, or authority :  verify needs to check her factsb :  to inspect, examine, or look at appraisingly —usually used with out or over checking out new carsc :  to mark with a check as examined, verified, or satisfactory —often used with off checked off each item

  7. 6a :  to consign (something, such as luggage) to a common carrier from which one has purchased a passenger ticket checked our bags before boardingb :  to ship or accept for shipment under such a consignment

  8. 7 :  to mark into squares :  checker check the cloth

  9. 8 :  to leave or accept for safekeeping in a checkroom check a coat

  10. 9 :  to make checks or chinks :  cause to crack the sun checks timber

  11. intransitive verb
  12. 1a of a dog :  to stop in a chase especially when scent is lostb :  to halt through caution, uncertainty, or fear :  stop the train checked with a jolt — B. A. Williams

  13. 2a :  to investigate conditions checked on the passengers' safetyb :  to prove to be consistent or truthful the description checks with the photograph —often used with out the story checked out

  14. 3 :  to draw a check on a bank

  15. 4 :  to waive the right to initiate the betting in a round of poker

  16. 5 :  crack, split Drying wood can cause it to check.

check into

  1. 1 :  to check in at check into a hotel

  2. 2 :  investigate the police are checking into his alibi

check up on

  1. :  investigate check up on a possible investment

Examples of check in a Sentence

  1. Make sure to check your spelling.

  2. She checked her makeup in the mirror.

  3. We should check the equipment to make sure that it's working properly.

  4. The guards checked my passport.

  5. He checked his watch and saw that it was almost noon.

  6. I'll just check the map to see where we are.

  7. I'll check the newspaper to see when the movie starts.

  8. If you're looking for a spoon, check the top drawer.

  9. I checked his office but he wasn't there.

  10. If you're looking for the umbrella, check in the closet.

Origin and Etymology of check

see 1check

Synonym Discussion of check

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down




Definition of check

  1. —used to express assent or agreement

First Known Use of check


CHECK Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of check for English Language Learners

  • : to look at (something) carefully to find mistakes, problems, etc., or to make sure there is nothing wrong with it

  • : to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.

  • : to look at or in (a place) in order to find or get something or someone

CHECK Defined for Kids



noun \ˈchek\

Definition of check for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden stopping of progress :  pause The anchor gave a check to the ship's motion.

  2. 2 :  something that delays, stops, or holds back The new penalty will serve as a check on pollution.

  3. 3 :  examination 1, investigation a safety check

  4. 4 :  a written order telling a bank to pay out money from a person's account to the one named on the order

  5. 5 :  a ticket or token showing a person's ownership, identity, or claim to something a baggage check

  6. 6 :  a slip of paper showing the amount due

  7. 7 :  a pattern in squares The shirt has a blue and red check.

  8. 8 :  a mark √ typically placed beside a written or printed item to show that something has been specially noted

  9. 9 :  an act of hitting or stopping a player in hockey

  10. 10 :  a situation in chess in which a player's king can be captured on the opponent's next turn

in check

  1. :  under control Try to keep your emotions in check.




Definition of check for Students




  1. 1 :  to slow or bring to a stop A bandage checked the bleeding. The batter checked his swing.

  2. 2 :  to hold back or under control You must check your temper.

  3. 3 :  to make sure that something is correct or satisfactory Don't forget to check your spelling. I'll have to check the time with my mom.

  4. 4 :  to get information by examining He checked his watch.

  5. 5 :  to mark with a check Check the correct answer.

  6. 6 :  to leave or accept for safekeeping or for shipment check baggage

  7. 7 :  to stop or hit (a player) in hockey

check out

  1. 1 :  to look at Check out his new car.

  2. 2 :  to borrow from a library She checked out two books.

  3. 3 :  to pay for purchases

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of check

  1. 1 :  something that limits or restrains — see also checks and balances

  2. 2 :  a written order signed by its maker directing a bank to pay a specified sum to a named person or to that person's order on demand — see also negotiable instrument — compare draft bank check :  a check drawn by a bank on its deposits in another bank cashier's check :  a check drawn by a bank on its own funds and signed by the cashier or another bank official certified check :  a check certified to be good by the bank upon which it is drawn by the signature of usually the cashier or paying teller with the word certified or accepted across the face of the check NSF check Not Sufficient Funds :  a check drawn on an account with insufficient funds from which to make payment

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