check

verb
\ ˈchek How to pronounce check (audio) \
checked; checking; checks

Definition of check

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transitive verb

1a : to inspect, examine, or look at appraisingly or appreciatively usually used with out or overThe doctors checked him over for injuries.checking out new carsAnd so no, I won't help you to find a way to check out women in front of your wife.— Amy Dickinson
b : to compare with a source, original, or authority : verify needs to check her facts
c : to look at (something) to obtain information checking a watch to see the time check a map/schedule
d : to look or reach into (something) to find what is there Harry glanced around at Fred, who was looking anxious and checking his pockets.— J. K. Rowling
e : to access (e-mail, voice mail, etc.) to find out if there are messages kept checking her voice mail throughout the day
f : to mark with a check as examined, verified, or satisfactory often used with offchecked off each item
2a : to slow or bring to a stop : brake hastily checked the impulse
b : to block the progress of (someone, such as a hockey player)
3 : to leave or accept for safekeeping in a checkroom check a coat
4a : to consign (something, such as luggage) to a common carrier from which one has purchased a passenger ticket checked our bags before boarding
b : to ship or accept for shipment under such a consignment
5a : to restrain or diminish the action or force of : control tried to thwart or check our purposes in the legislature
b : to slack or ease off (a rope) and then belay again
6 : to mark into squares : checker check the cloth
7 : to put (a chess king) in check
8 : to make checks or chinks : cause to crack the sun checks timber
9 chiefly dialectal : rebuke, reprimand

intransitive verb

1a : to investigate conditions checked on the passengers' safety
b : to prove to be consistent or truthful The description checks with the photograph. often used with outThe story checked out.
c : to look at or in something to see or find what is there check for messages on a cell phone
2a of a dog : to stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
b : to halt through caution, uncertainty, or fear : stop The train checked with a jolt …— B. A. Williams
3 : to draw a check on a bank
4 : to waive the right to initiate the betting in a round of poker
5 : crack, split Drying wood can cause it to check.
check into
1 : to check in at check into a hotel
2 : investigate The police are checking into his alibi.
check that
informal
used to take back or correct a previous statement"Sir, I don't know why but there must be a foot or two of water coming down Claiborne. No, check that—three feet."— Christopher Cooper and Robert Block
check up on
: investigate check up on a possible investment

check

noun

Definition of check (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : examination a quick check of the engine
b : the act of testing or verifying making a check on the data also : the sample or unit used for testing or verifying
c : inspection, investigation a loyalty check on government employees
d : a standard for testing and evaluation : criterion
2 : a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed : draft Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card?
3 : one that arrests, limits, or restrains : restraint … against all checks, rebukes, and manners, I must advance …— William Shakespeare
4a : a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest The outbreak of war in 1939 gave a sudden check to the sculptor's work.— Herbert Read
b : a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)
5 : a sudden pause or break in a progression the invaders coming in without a check
6a : a slip indicating the amount due : bill Ask the waiter for the check.
b : a ticket or token showing ownership or identity or indicating payment made a baggage check
c : a counter in various games
7 : a mark typically ✓ placed beside an item to show it has been noted, examined, or verified
8 : exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety with his king in check
9 [Middle English chek, short for cheker checker]
a : a pattern in squares that resembles a checkerboard bordered her plain shower curtain with a check in coordinating bathroom colors
b : a fabric woven or printed with such a design Fashionable checks come in all sizes and colors in both twill and square weaves.
10 : crack, break
11 archaic : reprimand, rebuke
in check
: under restraint or control trying to keep his emotions in check

Definition of check (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express assent or agreement

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Other Words from check

Noun

checkless \ ˈchek-​ləs How to pronounce checkless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for check

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Examples of check in a Sentence

Verb Make sure to check your spelling. She checked her makeup in the mirror. We should check the equipment to make sure that it's working properly. The guards checked my passport. He checked his watch and saw that it was almost noon. I'll just check the map to see where we are. I'll check the newspaper to see when the movie starts. If you're looking for a spoon, check the top drawer. I checked his office but he wasn't there. If you're looking for the umbrella, check in the closet. Noun Please give the schedule a check to see if the times are correct. I gave the ingredients list a quick check to see if the cereal contained any sugar. She ran a quick check of the computer to make sure it was working properly. The police ran a check on the license plate and found out that the car had been stolen. He was penalized for an illegal check. He made out the check to me and signed it, and I deposited it in my account. Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card? a fabric with a blue and yellow check
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Detectives were alerted to the theft of the cash and other items from the other car, and police planned to check a neighbor’s surveillance cameras to see if anything suspicious was recorded. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Car ‘stolen’ from Labor Day party resurfaces in nearby driveway: Orange Police Blotter," 12 Sep. 2020 In a tweet on Saturday morning, Mr. Trump urged voters to sign and send in their absentee ballots early, and then check to see if their ballot was counted by going to their polling place in person. Grace Segers, CBS News, "North Carolina attorney general tells voters not to do what Trump says on mail-in voting," 12 Sep. 2020 According to a police report included in the file, family members of Thomas E. Johnson, 69, and Leslie Ann Jones, 67, wanted to check on them after not hearing from the couple for about four days. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Details emerge in killings of prominent Oak Park attorney couple," 12 Sep. 2020 To check your status on the rolls, to update your voter registration or to register, visit indianavoters.in.gov. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'Your voice matters': Voter registration drive seeks to engage east side residents," 12 Sep. 2020 Clamp the rafter on top of the beams, check that the lines drawn are accurate, and adjust the lines as needed. George Retseck, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Firewood Shack," 12 Sep. 2020 Lastly, add the lemon juice and check the seasoning. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Top Indian Chef Shares His Easy Chicken Masala at Home Dish," 11 Sep. 2020 Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure. Lindsay Tigar, Travel + Leisure, "9 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Flight Right Now, According to Experts," 11 Sep. 2020 Every two or three days, the pediatrician called to check-in. Megan E. Doherty, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Happens When Children’s Covid-19 Symptoms Won’t Go Away," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, Social Capital’s first blank-check company agreed to merge with billionaire Richard Branson’s space company Virgin Galactic. Crystal Tse, Bloomberg.com, "Opendoor In Talks to List Via Social Capital II Merger," 10 Sep. 2020 Pick-ups are contactless with Gifts of Love volunteers placing the boxes in customers' vehicles after a socially-distance check-in. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 Dots noting proper distance will be placed on the ground to guide guests during check-in, and hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Lumber cost jacked, turtle benefit, eviction relief: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2020 On the other hand, if your child seems to be doing fine, a monthly or bimonthly check-in may be all that’s needed. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Educators offer parents advice on staying in touch despite at-home distance learning.," 27 Aug. 2020 Toro, his wife and three kids approached the park's check-in, but were turned away because their masks did not meet the requirements. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Man Arrested After Allegedly Hitting Disney Security Guard and Threatening to Kill Him Over Mask Policy," 27 Aug. 2020 Passengers can now drop off their bags and check-in for their flights in a completely contactless experience. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "American Airlines Is Using a New EPA-approved Disinfectant That Kills Viruses for 7 Days," 25 Aug. 2020 The deal will be paid for with $400 million in cash from the blank-check company, as well as $170 million from other investors including Thiel, a unit of Volvo Car, and GoPro founder Nick Woodman, according to a statement on Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Moderna to provide 80 million doses of would-be vaccine to EU," 24 Aug. 2020 Reservations are $30, which becomes a beer voucher at check-in. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Party on Pitt wants to make summer fun again with beer, live music and social distancing," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of check

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 7

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 8

Interjection

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for check

Noun and Verb

Middle English chek, from Anglo-French eschec, from Arabic shāh, from Persian, literally, king; akin to Greek ktasthai to acquire, Sanskrit kṣatra dominion

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The first known use of check was in the 14th century

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/check. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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check

verb
How to pronounce check (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of check

: to look at (something) carefully to find mistakes, problems, etc., or to make sure there is nothing wrong with it
: to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
: to look at or in (a place) in order to find or get something or someone

check

noun
\ ˈchek How to pronounce check (audio) \

Kids Definition of check

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sudden stopping of progress : pause The anchor gave a check to the ship's motion.
2 : something that delays, stops, or holds back The new penalty will serve as a check on pollution.
4 : a written order telling a bank to pay out money from a person's account to the one named on the order
5 : a ticket or token showing a person's ownership, identity, or claim to something a baggage check
6 : a slip of paper showing the amount due
7 : a pattern in squares The shirt has a blue and red check.
8 : a mark ✓ typically placed beside a written or printed item to show that something has been specially noted
9 : an act of hitting or stopping a player in hockey
10 : a situation in chess in which a player's king can be captured on the opponent's next turn
in check
: under control Try to keep your emotions in check.

check

verb
checked; checking

Kids Definition of check (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to slow or bring to a stop A bandage checked the bleeding. The batter checked his swing.
2 : to hold back or under control You must check your temper.
3 : to make sure that something is correct or satisfactory Don't forget to check your spelling. I'll have to check the time with my mom.
4 : to get information by examining He checked his watch.
5 : to mark with a check Check the correct answer.
6 : to leave or accept for safekeeping or for shipment check baggage
7 : to stop or hit (a player) in hockey
check out
1 : to look at Check out his new car.
2 : to borrow from a library She checked out two books.
3 : to pay for purchases

check

noun

Legal Definition of check

1 : something that limits or restrains — see also checks and balances
2 : a written order signed by its maker directing a bank to pay a specified sum to a named person or to that person's order on demand — see also negotiable instrument — compare draft
bank check
: a check drawn by a bank on its deposits in another bank
cashier's check
: a check drawn by a bank on its own funds and signed by the cashier or another bank official
certified check
: a check certified to be good by the bank upon which it is drawn by the signature of usually the cashier or paying teller with the word certified or accepted across the face of the check
NSF check Not Sufficient Funds
: a check drawn on an account with insufficient funds from which to make payment

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