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: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of checkout in a Sentence

Noun She paid for the room at checkout. There was a long line at the checkout. Verb 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 Clip the on-page coupon and enter code SKG40SKG at checkout to get 50 percent off this percussive device. Gear Team, Wired, "The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More," 3 Apr. 2021 Shop Kohl’s huge home sale and save an extra 15% on select items by entering promo code SHOP15 at checkout. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Easter 2021: All the best sales to shop for Easter weekend," 3 Apr. 2021 Snag the sleek, smart device for just $129 (this discount is automatically applied at checkout), down from its usual price of $165. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Jabra, The Container Store, Samsung and more," 2 Apr. 2021 And, to help everyone enjoy these new Online Experiences, guests can receive $15 off their first booking through May 1, 2021, by entering the code EXPLORE at checkout. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Airbnb Launches New Neurodiverse Experiences to Ensure Virtual Travel Is for Everyone," 30 Mar. 2021 At checkout, get any extra coupons that print out with your receipt. Washington Post, "There’s an app for that. Which loyalty programs are worth your time (and smartphone space)?," 29 Mar. 2021 For a limited time FOCO is giving U of H Cougar fans a chance to save 15% off their next purchase by using code: CHRON15 at checkout. Micolette Davis, Chron, "This 15% off Coogs apparel deal is slammin'," 29 Mar. 2021 At checkout enter the code 'SPRING' to get your discount on the comfortable mask. Andrea Marie,, "The Silk Face Mask Celebrities Love Is 50% Off with This Hidden Code — for 48 Hours Only," 24 Mar. 2021 At checkout, customers can either buy a $15 yearly membership or a $5 daily shopping pass. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Crazy Cazboy’s, a new spin on discount shopping, is opening its first Texas store," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those who don’t have time to seek it out at antique stores, check out Ballard’s Chinoiserie Collection, which has eight timeless shape options that will look perfect atop a console, breakfast table or bookshelf. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "What is grandmillennial style? Shop the latest home décor trend," 9 Apr. 2021 For more information, check out the museum’s website. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "7 museums off the beaten path in Arkansas," 8 Apr. 2021 For your patio pleasure, check out a list of outdoor restaurant spaces open for spring. Adam Lukach,, "Eat. Watch. Do. — New restaurant reopenings | Rarely seen Britney doc | 23 top hot dog stands," 7 Apr. 2021 For more from Dishman, including on his experience playing under Saban, check out the video that’s included at the post. Matt Zenitz |, al, "IMG Academy coach talks two Alabama five-star freshmen," 6 Apr. 2021 For details on reopening rules in your county, check out our county-by-county reopening tracker. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Lessons from the Auntie Sewing Squad," 5 Apr. 2021 For more space rover news, check out the latest on a lunar rover developed by the United Arab Emirates and the Ingenuity helicopter, which is gearing up for its first flight on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A rare interstellar comet reveals its secrets and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 3 Apr. 2021 For more with Vance, check out the full video above. Lauren Huff,, "Courtney B. Vance recounts grueling death scene in his first film: 'It was horrific'," 3 Apr. 2021 For a rich dive into their world, check out the film at Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, opening April 9. Star Tribune, "Take a virtual romp through Italian woods," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Checkout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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