check·​off | \ ˈchek-ˌȯf How to pronounce checkoff (audio) \

Definition of checkoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the deduction of union dues from a worker's paycheck by the employer
b : designation on an income tax return of a small amount of money to be applied to a special fund (as for financing political campaigns)

check off

checked off; checking off; checks off

Definition of check off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to eliminate from further consideration
2 : to deduct (union dues) from a worker's paycheck

intransitive verb

: to change a play at the line of scrimmage in football by calling an audible

Examples of checkoff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is equal to 47% of all the checkoff money collected in 2018. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bill to reform $900 million agriculture checkoff programs introduced in U.S. House," 9 Jan. 2020 In 2016, the government contributed at least $562 million toward dairy, beef, pork, and lamb checkoffs. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Meat production is bad for the planet. Why subsidize it?," 15 Feb. 2020 Dairy farmers must pay 15 cents per hundred pounds of milk sold into the checkoff program. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is the top paid executive at Dairy Management," 2 Dec. 2019 Far from being an overrun bucket-list checkoff site, Alcatraz in the late 1960s was a deserted, decaying shell. Steve Rubenstein,, "50 years later, Native Americans return to Alcatraz to remember occupation," 20 Nov. 2019 Essentially, they are told to bring a clipboard with a checkoff list to each campus. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?," 22 Apr. 2018 Mayor Mark Farrell will probably remain in office for at least five weeks beyond the June 5 mayoral election, leaving him with plenty of time for the one final checkoff of his short term — the foreign junket. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Mayor Farrell could get to stay in office for a few extra weeks," 7 May 2018 The law establishing the tax-checkoff fund requires annual financial reports to the mayor and D.C. Council, a measure to make sure taxpayers’ voluntary contributions are properly spent. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. solicits tax donations for at-risk children. The program it funds doesn’t exist.," 9 Mar. 2018 This isn’t the first time the tax checkoff for at-risk children has come under scrutiny. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. solicits tax donations for at-risk children. The program it funds doesn’t exist.," 9 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While those two qualities often don't go hand-in-hand, Price was able to spin this family a new home that checked off all those boxes and then some. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "James Van Der Beek's Beverly Hills Home Just Got an Elegant, Kid-Approved Redesign," 30 Apr. 2020 The other theft charge against Catlin involved the writing of two checks off a closed account to a Hoover car dealership, Lamb said. Carol Robinson |, al, "Trussville man charged in Hoover house-flipping scam; woman conned out of thousands, police say," 18 Feb. 2020 Reality Finding a quarterback who checks off all the boxes on the Colts’ wish list is no easy task. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: What the Colts want in a quarterback," 17 Jan. 2020 Once the box was unloaded, Ms. Nugent carried it to a counter and began checking off the items inside. James Barron, New York Times, "How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed," 13 Jan. 2020 As summer turned to fall, Villari began checking off the boxes With Villari captaining the offense, Plainedge blazed through its schedule. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Meet Michigan football's next 'total package' QB, a diamond in the Long Island rough," 12 Jan. 2020 Since graduating from the prestigious fashion program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2005, Rogge, now 36, has checked off two of the three. Alice Cavanagh, New York Times, "A New Line From a Dries Van Noten Alumna," 4 May 2020 Despite disappointing losses to Kansas, Wake Forest, Louisville, and Florida State, the Eagles checked off the second box with wins against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh to bookend the season., "While Boston College waits to find out its bowl destination Sunday, the decision-makers from several bowl committees will be doing the same as the final games of the regular season wrap up and the pool of bowl-eligible teams sorts itself out.," 7 Dec. 2019 Their offerings check off a multitude of boxes: size-inclusive, sustainably produced, street-style favorite. Glamour, "The Best New Jeans Brands You Need to Know," 16 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'checkoff.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of checkoff


1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about checkoff

Time Traveler for checkoff

Time Traveler

The first known use of checkoff was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Statistics for checkoff

Last Updated

20 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Checkoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for checkoff



Legal Definition of checkoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the deduction of union dues from a worker's paycheck by the employer
2 : designation on an income tax return of a small amount of money to be applied to a special fund (as for campaign financing)

check off

transitive verb

Legal Definition of check off (Entry 2 of 2)

: to deduct (union dues) from a worker's paycheck

More from Merriam-Webster on checkoff

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with checkoff

Comments on checkoff

What made you want to look up checkoff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!