check·​out | \ ˈchek-ˌau̇t How to pronounce checkout (audio) \

Definition of checkout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or an instance of checking out … Educators receive new library card privileges, including 100 simultaneous checkouts— Andrew Wilson and Leanne Ellis When I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags to the store, I ask for a brown paper sack at checkout instead of a plastic one.— Claire Haffernean How much will my final hotel bill be at checkout?— Bob Sullivan often used attributively a checkout line/counter
2 : the time at which a lodger must vacate a room (as in a hotel) or be charged for retaining it
3 : a counter or area in a store where goods are checked out
4a : the action of examining and testing something for performance, suitability, or readiness
b : the action of familiarizing oneself with the operation of a mechanical thing (such as an airplane)

check out

checked out; checking out; checks out

Definition of check out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to vacate and pay for one's lodging (as at a hotel)
2 : die
3 : to have the cost of purchases totaled and pay the cost Self-service kiosks—those ATM-like machines that let you check in at the airport or check out at the grocery store all on your own—are sweeping into more retailers and service spots.— Barbara Kiviat

transitive verb

1 : to satisfy all requirements in taking away checked out a library book
2a : to itemize and total the cost of and receive payment for (outgoing merchandise) especially in a self-service store
b : to have the cost totaled and pay for (purchases) at a checkout

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Synonyms & Antonyms for checkout

Synonyms: Verb

conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, die, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], part, pass (on), pass away, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumb

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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Examples of checkout in a Sentence


She paid for the room at checkout. There was a long line at the checkout.


check out the house and let me know if you think it's worth buying there are a lot of sights around the world that I want to see before I check out
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Senate voted 17-12 to prohibit grocery stores and restaurants from providing plastic checkout bags. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 His legislation also would establish a 5-cent checkout surcharge for use of other types of bags, including ones made of paper or other compostable materials. Scott Dance,, "Baltimore Councilman to propose ban on plastic bags, checkout bag surcharge at city retailers," 13 June 2019 Tests and checkout are expected to take several months. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 3 satellites to monitor Canadian territory, impact of climate change," 12 June 2019 Seattle’s King County Library is the library tech leader, with approximately 4.9 million digital checkouts last year. Michelle V. Rafter,, "How to use L.A. Library apps to read for free," 12 June 2019 The Senate voted 17-12 Tuesday to prohibit grocery stores and restaurants from providing plastic checkout bags., "Oregon on its way to banning plastic bags," 11 June 2019 The woman then rang up the items herself at a self-service checkout. Bruce Geiselman,, "Early-morning taco run signals trouble for driver: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 9 June 2019 The company also announced a checkout feature for Instagram in March. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Facebook’s new cryptocurrency may launch this month, a report says," 6 June 2019 The company recently launched a checkout service on Instagram so users can pay for things without leaving the app. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Facebook wants to make payments as easy as sending a photo," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pluses include the camaraderie among 30,000-plus runners and the historical course that runners take through the city, which later his family turned tourist to check out. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Kelliwood runner sets the pace for good health," 10 June 2019 Here are some berry farms to check out this summer for you-pick. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 Derby River was taken to Chino Valley Equine Hospital for what was thought to be an ankle injury, which checked out fine. Jenna West,, "27th Racehorse Dies After Sustaining Injury at Santa Anita Park," 6 June 2019 Here are six exciting Juneteenth festivals to check out in San Francisco, Berkeley and beyond. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Six fun SF Bay Area ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2019," 6 June 2019 Here are a few highlights to check out at the festival: The Bloody Mary Market, first introduced in 2016, features six variations on the popular cocktail, all poured in Dutch Alley. Ann Maloney,, "Dig into the red, ripe Creole Tomato Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019 Scroll through the gallery to check out Tiffany and Alyssa’s big day. Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Tiffany and Alyssa Went From DMs To 'I Do'," 5 June 2019 Last year, the tour made 15 stops around the country to check out 3,600 custom cars. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019 There will be over 6,000 vehicles to check out, most of which travel city to city. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Pitching coach Derek Johnson is the Cincinnati Reds' best acquisition," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of checkout


1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of checkout

: the action or an instance of leaving your room in a hotel, motel, etc., after you are finished staying there
: the time by which you must leave your room when you have finished staying in a hotel, motel, etc.
: the place or area where goods are paid for in a store (such as a supermarket)

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