check on

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of check on

1 : to look at or examine (someone or something) to see if there are any problems
  • The nurse checked on the patients regularly.
2 : to look for information about (someone or something) : to find out the truth about (someone or something) by getting information
  • The police are checking on him.
  • I asked the waiter to check on my order.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest

  3. : a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)

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

  2. : rebuke, reprimand

  3. : to slow or bring to a stop : brake

  1. used to express assent or agreement


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