1 of 2


: an act or instance of checking in

check in

2 of 2


checked in; checking in; checks in

intransitive verb

: to register at a hotel
When you arrive at the hotel, please check in at the front desk.
Once we've checked in and dropped off our luggage, we'll meet you in the lobby.
A regular at MGM Resorts properties, she uses her phone to pull up the M Life smartphone app, where she can check in remotely.Bryan Horwath
: to report one's presence or arrival
check in at a convention
Airlines may also require passengers to submit documentation for their service animals at least 48 hours in advance of the date of travel. But those passengers will now be allowed to check in online instead of in person.Chicago Tribune
US : to find out or report the status of someone or something especially as part of a regular pattern of communication or monitoring
She checks in with her boss/team every Friday.
I'm just checking in to find out how your doctor's appointment went.
Asking for feedback can definitely be scary, but it's good to check in and get some constructive criticism on how you're doing.Nancy Valev
often followed by on or with
I'm just checking in with you to find out how your doctor's appointment went.
All parents should have a system where they check in with their kids frequently.James Lehman
He will be required to check in with a probation officer every week at the outset, and undergo drug and alcohol testing and complete psychological counseling.Cory Schaffer
During the early afternoon, Mrs. Ruane … checked in on the patient who had returned from her procedure.Pohla Smith
"… Millions of Americans use social media every day to check in on friends and family, learn about current events, and share their experiences online. … "Shayne Adamski
"… But, Shirley, thank you so much. I'll check in with you again as the story unfolds, OK?"Drew Pinsky
We access our work email on our phones, catch up on messages during our commutes and even when we're out at lunch, check in on work before bed—some of us feel like we have to just to be good employees.Alan Henry
… suggests … setting up Remote Desktop so that you can check in on the systems from afar …Andrew Cunningham

transitive verb

: to satisfy all requirements in returning
check in the equipment after using

Examples of check-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The hop-on public charter jet service, which flies semiprivate flights aboard small planes with a check-in process that takes just minutes, will begin offering a route to Dallas via its private terminal at Dallas Love Field Airport in October, running the once-daily flights four days a week. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 The Level Guests enjoy access to exclusive resort areas (including a pool and lounge), a complimentary hydrotherapy ritual, and private check-in and check-out. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2024 They are taken off your hands at the valet and delivered to your room within minutes to make your check-in process seamless. Martie Bowser, Essence, 16 May 2024 The Rundown Greeted by name at check-in? Absolutely. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 14 May 2024 Behind a gate and a small flight of stairs, there was a back door, which could only be secured from the inside that was left unlocked so that Gerry and Kate could enter during their check-ins. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024 The Moxy Miami Wynwood has 120 rooms, a 24/7 fitness center and a second-floor lobby with a full bar that also serves as the check-in area. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 In and out of jail, pregnant again A judge offered Wright to participate in the drug court program, which involved multiple weekly group meetings, random drug screenings, working or going to school full-time, weekly check-ins, and 100 hours of community service. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 8 May 2024 Seamlessly blending historic integrity with modern hospitality, The Harvey offers guests simple, mobile check-in and check-out processes, ensuring a memorable stay steeped in timeless elegance and convenience. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1927, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of check-in was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Check-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of checking in

check in

2 of 2 verb
: to register at a hotel or motel
: to report one's presence or arrival
: to bring back : return
checked in the equipment

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