check·​out | \ˈchek-ˌau̇t \

Definition of checkout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or an instance of checking out

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


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

To cheer on Leslie and celebrate her awesomeness, the store's offering 50 percent off the pattern on Ravelry with discount code Jeopardy! during checkout, now through June 10. Mary Mooney,, "Local knitter competes on 'Jeopardy!' and rocks a Rose City Yarn Crawl shawl," 5 June 2018 Aponte and Sanchez rejoiced over the small victory in the checkout line. Morgan Smith,, "Arte al Rescate provides relief to victims of Hurricane Maria through art," 11 July 2018 But that would mean Broadway terminates ignominiously in the checkout line of a C-Town supermarket. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous Street," 14 June 2018 Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that removes the need for cashiers and checkout lines in stores, similar to Amazon's technology already implemented in its Amazon Go brick-and-mortar store. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Microsoft tech may help Walmart get rid of cashiers and checkout lines," 14 June 2018 While waiting in the checkout line of the park's Disney Clothiers store, a squirrel leaped onto the candy display and picked out a snack — a bag of peanut M&M's. Cristóbal Reyes, miamiherald, "The women behind the shoplifting squirrel video shared more than a hilarious moment," 12 June 2018 Once your shopping cart is full of fabulous finds just head to checkout and the amazing discount will be automatically applied for you – no promo necessary. Kami Phillips,, "Club Monaco Is Having a Major Sale - Here Are the 5 Best Styles to Shop," 20 June 2018 On the main checkout counter sat unused cash register parts being sold for $80. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Former ‘Toys R Us kids’ scour stores as retail icon says so long," 29 June 2018 Walker pointed to the checkout counter, large shelves, the jewelry table, little round displays, and a cabinet holding soaps all from Jan and Pizazz. Chuck Gibson,, "Alley Boutique first to reopen after historic Loveland fire," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At school, Betty checks out her mom’s story: there are initials on the windowsill and chalices in the trophy case. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Someone Died in the Riverdale Flashback Episode and I Need to Talk About It ASAP," 8 Nov. 2018 On a practical branding level, the museum’s curatorial team helps store buyers make sure colors are correct in reproductions and checks out copyrights, which can sometimes be impossible or overly expensive to secure. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 To get a lay of the land, check out our San Francisco City Guide, full of our favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and more. Condé Nast Traveler, "Women Who Travel Meetup: San Francisco, Here We Come," 2 Nov. 2018 See it in action in the video above, and check out the full Whole Home Project reveal in House Beautiful's November issue. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This House Has The Coolest Lighting You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Oct. 2018 For another impressive landing, check out the world's largest plane, the Antonov An-225, coming in cleanly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a 757 Land Practically Sideways in Gale Force Winds," 19 Oct. 2018 Multiple Reds scouts were spotted in Baltimore last night, checking out Manny Machado’’? Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Imagine if the Reds were buyers instead of sellers at MLB trade deadline," 13 July 2018 To check out all the amazing and occasionally eerie highlights from this NOAA expedition, visit the expedition’s page. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 Tippecanoe Library's Drag Queen Story Hour will take place on Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. For more information about how to organize a Drag Queen Story Hour, check out the Facebook page for the Milwaukee branch of the organization. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Library's first Drag Queen Story Hour is set to take place July 14," 12 July 2018

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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