\ ˈchek-ˌin How to pronounce check-in (audio) \

Definition of check-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of checking in

check in

checked in; checking in; checks in

Definition of check in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to register at a hotel
2 : to report one's presence or arrival check in at a convention

transitive verb

: to satisfy all requirements in returning check in the equipment after using

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Jimenez, still considered by some to be the Tigers’ closer of the future, has received interest from multiple NL East teams, including the Mets, who have checked in on both Jimenez and Greene. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers trade deadline primer: Who's for sale, who's interested?," 3 July 2019 The addition of graduate transfer Juwan Johnson, who checks in at No. 7 on our countdown, will go a long way to determining how much better the Ducks receivers are as a group., "Oregon MVP 10: Juwan Johnson, the Ducks’ new go-to receiver, is No. 7," 27 June 2019 North Carolina, too, has seen progress in reducing racial disparities after assigning pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries a caseworker who checks in with them throughout the process and keeps tabs on their appointments and medical needs. Li Zhou, Vox, "New mothers are dying in the US at rates higher than any other developed country.," 26 June 2019 The state’s unemployment rate checked in at a record low of 3.5% in May, but manufacturing employment fell 0.7 percent. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Tariff uncertainty casts doubt over Texas manufacturers' capital spending plans," 24 June 2019 Murray checks in at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, putting him in the upper echelon of both categories among NFL running backs. Luke Johnson,, "‘No added pressure’ for Latavius Murray when it comes to replacing Mark Ingram," 4 June 2019 By the time the caller finally got through two days later and then, later still, an investigator checked in on her, the bruises had faded. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 Once checked in electronically, a customer has four hours to go to the BMV. Jackie Borchardt,, "Hate waiting in line at the Ohio BMV? There's an app for that.," 17 June 2019 Biologists confirmed symptoms in 233 dead and stranded seals, 179 seals killed by hunters and 245 live seals checked in health assessments. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Environmental group sues Trump administration over ice seal status," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of check-in


1927, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of check-in was in 1918

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English Language Learners Definition of check-in

: the act or process of reporting that you have arrived at a hotel, an airport, etc. : the act or process of checking in also : the time when people are allowed to check in
: the place where people go when they arrive at a hotel, airport, etc.

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