\ ˈchek-ˌin How to pronounce check-in (audio) \

Definition of check-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of checking in

check in


Definition of check in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to register at a hotel
2 : to report one's presence or arrival check in at a convention

transitive verb

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

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Berlin’s narrators clean the homes of wealthier housewives, check in on nursing patients in a hospital, fold clothes at the laundromat, and troll for open liquor stores in early morning hours. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Lucia Berlin Became A Literary Superstar 11 Years After Her Death (And Is About to Publish A New Collection)," 5 Nov. 2018 Co-host Larry Holder is on assignment at the LSU Pro Day in Baton Rouge and will check in with us at 10:30 for a report on the activities there. Jeff Duncan,, "Wednesday's Dunc & Holder: Talkin' Pelicans' playoff prospects, Saints' competition and LSU Pro Day," 4 Apr. 2018 The purpose of the call, this person said, was to check in with different agencies amid the government shutdown to ensure that critical operations are maintained. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Trump Blasts Fed as Mnuchin Bids to Reassure Investors," 24 Dec. 2018 My aunt, who called to check in on me at some point, graciously shared a perspective I might not have encountered on my own. Jackie Bryant, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saying Goodbye to Your Future, Along with Your Marriage," 4 Sep. 2018 On the evening of July 26, subscribers attempting to check in to films all over the country using the app were informed that their MoviePass was unavailable. Aja Romano, Vox, "MoviePass briefly stopped working — because it ran out of money," 27 July 2018 My first stop on Monday morning was with Randall Grahm to check in with Popelouchum, his grand experiment in San Juan Bautista. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "In search of the Great American Wine," 14 June 2018 Shmidman noted that each $5,000 grant comes with a small caveat — to check in with the OU at the beginning, middle and at the project's completion, so that the organization can learn how the project is going and gain from the synagogue's experience. Elizabeth Kratz, Jewish Journal, "How the OU prompted programs that meet women's needs," 14 June 2018 With the 2018 model, Audi has updated the Q5, making this a good time to check in with its workhorse. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sea of calm behind the wheel: The 2018 Audi Q5, reviewed," 10 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of check-in


1927, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of check-in was in 1918

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English Language Learners Definition of check-in

: the act or process of reporting that you have arrived at a hotel, an airport, etc. : the act or process of checking in also : the time when people are allowed to check in
: the place where people go when they arrive at a hotel, airport, etc.

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