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
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)

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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

Enter the 7-digit offer code AVOCADO and proceed to checkout. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Chipotle Is Offering Free Guac On National Avocado Day," 30 July 2018 The distance from the chicken to the checkout was my St. Peter’s Gate. Rembert Browne, Bon Appetit, "My Temple of Steam-Table Soul Food," 6 June 2018 Major card networks later decided to stop requiring consumers’ signatures, in part to save time at checkout. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "JPMorgan Wants Card Customers to Pay With a Tap," 14 Nov. 2018 At a multilevel Sears in Garden City, N.Y., a checkout line snaked halfway across one floor. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "For Sears Workers, a Chaotic, Heartbreaking Last Christmas," 23 Dec. 2018 Around Barron, where Jayme’s sunny face and strawberry hair peers out from checkout counters from Duane’s Collision Repair Center to Dollar General, endless speculation has filled the void of hard information. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 Standard Market is the latest entry in the emerging fray of retail automation, where companies are installing ceiling cameras, sensors and machine learning into grocery stores to replace the checkout line — and predict theft. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Where in the world is Alphabet CEO Larry Page?," 14 Sep. 2018 The retailers, working through merchant trade groups, have flagged issues around the networks’ recently announced plan to combine their individual payment buttons on merchants’ online checkout pages. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Visa, Mastercard Push for One-Click Ordering. Retailers Say ‘Not So Fast’," 24 May 2018 Snack brands, meanwhile, are trying to figure out how to boost impulse purchases when customers increasingly aren’t walking by their items at checkout. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Online Orders Force Supermarkets to Rethink Their Stores," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That concept and Lopez alone are enough to hook me, but check out who else is in the film: Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, KeKe Palmer, and Trace Lysette. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Started Filming Their Movie Hustlers, and the Pics Are Already a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019 These aren't the days to try to get in strength training or check out the new pilates studio on your block. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Inspired by the New York City Half Marathon? Experts Weigh in on Staying Injury-Free While You Train," 15 Mar. 2019 Learn its history, the places a passion for beer can take you, and how the great experience of sharing a beer with a friend, or stranger, at the bar is indeed universal Learn more about the documentary and check out the preview here. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Imagine you and your partner nestled under the stars in a cozy king bed, or creating lifetime memories with your friend, not having to worry about rushing to the next flight or checking out of a hotel room. Fox News, "Big adventures in a smaller RV," 22 Aug. 2018 Below, all the TV shows and movies to check out this week: Sunday, March 31 Veep: Comedy queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won a whopping nine Emmys for her portrayal of Selina Meyer on Veep, which kicks off its final season tonight. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "12 TV Shows and Movies You Should Watch This Week Instead of Making Actual Plans," 31 Mar. 2019 Below, check out three of her most stylish moments so far. Teen Vogue, "3 Nico Parker Outfits I’m Definitely Copying," 21 Mar. 2019 Sometimes there are clusters of related books that must have been checked out by the same patron. Constance Grady, Vox, "Revisiting the legacy of Joyce Maynard, the teenager Salinger had an affair with," 8 Sep. 2018 Other sites to check out include and Jill Fergus, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Sites and Apps for Finding Last-Minute Travel Deals," 26 Feb. 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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