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

Amazon used it to develop the software that tracks shoppers in its checkout-free stores. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians," 25 July 2019 Retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. Michael Cappetta, NBC News, "No lines, no checkout, no problem! Amazon’s new grocery store has no cash registers," 22 Jan. 2018 Few shoppers even noticed the connection: Only 1 out of 44 customers who answered questions at checkout spontaneously mentioned that the music was the reason behind their selection. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 For a limited time, the company is offering 30-day free trials of AmazonFresh to new customers, who also are eligible to receive $10 off their first order of $35 or more by using promotional code Grocery10 at checkout. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon launches on-demand grocery delivery service for Prime members in Indianapolis," 4 Sep. 2019 To redeem this deal, enter the code VERGE20 at checkout. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "At $299, the iPad with 128GB of storage is this week’s best deal," 17 Aug. 2019 That shopping basket at Walmart cost a total of $119.44 at checkout -- the best overall value of the six companies, the bank analysts found. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Which U.S. grocery chains offer the best value?," 9 Aug. 2019 Books are available for checkout at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Saving is then as simple as swiping a barcode from the Target app or providing a phone number at checkout. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "How Target's new loyalty program could change family shopping habits," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keep scrolling for all the Best of Beauty winners in the Fragrance category, and be sure to check out the other victors of 2019's Best of Beauty Awards, too. Allure, "These Are the Best Fragrances of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 And make sure to check out our opinionated guide to Denver’s top fast-casual food. Josie Sexton, The Know, "So many burritos: 15 fast-casual restaurants that started in Colorado and made it big," 11 Sep. 2019 Until then, make sure to check out J.Lo and her crew in Hustlers when the blockbuster hits theaters on September 13. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Just Shared Her Phone Number With Fans On Instagram," 9 Sep. 2019 Be sure to check out our favorite biking accessories too. Wired, "The Best Electric Bikes for Every Kind of Ride," 8 Sep. 2019 Be sure to check out the greasy pole climb on Sept. 2, where contestants attempt to scale an oily telephone pole for a cash prize. Anne Nickoloff,, "7 things to do on Labor Day in Cleveland," 2 Sep. 2019 The series continues on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Take the Phelps-Hatheway House tour as well, and be sure to check out Libby Lord’s art exhibition in the Visitor Center., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Chocolate lovers should be sure to check out Sleek Chocolatier off Westheimer. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Here's where to get top-rated sweet and savory waffles in Houston," 23 Aug. 2019 To get prepped for this conversation be sure to check out our Warriors HQ newsletter here. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Warriors fans: Come meet our team covering the team," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of checkout was in 1921

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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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