\ 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

checked in; checking in; checks 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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City staff are also checking in with Aging and Disability Services clients who are home-bound or have mobility issues and may require additional help during the storm, Johnson said. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 The two had met in a local writers’ group, and when Kennedy experienced a mysterious bout of insomnia and acute pain, Flaherty counseled her not to rush into surgery, and checked in with her every day, listening. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018 In the meantime, stock up on this amazing Chilling Adventures merch and keep checking in at to see updates on what's going on with the newest season. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3," 9 Apr. 2019 The musical opened in London in 1986 and on Broadway two years later, and has continued to run ever since, with Ms. Lynne periodically checking in with the cast to assess their performance. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Gillian Lynne, choreographer of ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ dies at 92," 3 July 2018 After checking in with his pediatrician, Lesley chalked it up to a virus. Cathy Cassata, Fox News, "This family learned tick bites can transmit more than Lyme disease," 23 June 2018 The mental health center, which will be in the main building, will be separate from the medical portion of the clinic, allowing patients to see mental health professionals without checking in at the medical clinic. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Need for more mental health, dental services drives KCK clinic expansion plans," 14 June 2018 After checking in and signing a standard liability waiver, visitors are given a wristband and queued up to receive a backpack that stores a computer and a set of goggles, which together make the visual, interactive experience possible. Perry Fein,, "The VOID puts virtual-reality experience into motion," 18 May 2018 Another Everbridge service is designed for traveling workers in dangerous places: a smartphone app an employee uses to check in at regular intervals. Hiawatha Bray,, "At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business," 8 July 2018

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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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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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