check·​out | \ ˈchek-ˌau̇t How to pronounce checkout (audio) \

Definition of checkout

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1 : the action or an instance of checking out … Educators receive new library card privileges, including 100 simultaneous checkouts— Andrew Wilson and Leanne Ellis When I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags to the store, I ask for a brown paper sack at checkout instead of a plastic one.— Claire Haffernean How much will my final hotel bill be at checkout?— Bob Sullivan often used attributivelya checkout line/counter
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

checked out; checking out; checks 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: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of checkout in a Sentence

Noun She paid for the room at checkout. There was a long line at the checkout. Verb 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 Don't forget the discount card AARP offers discounts at dozens of hotels across the budget spectrum, from 10% offat Super 8 to 5% at the Waldorf Astoria. as well as perks like late checkout. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Hotel-booking tricks, tips and tools to try if you want to score a deal on your next trip," 16 Sep. 2019 In addition, the woman went through a self-serve checkout register and failed to scan three additional items valued at about $16. Bruce Geiselman,, "Man thanks police after drunken driving arrest: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 8 Sep. 2019 Even ordering them provoked a mild sensation of unreality; before checkout, there were options to pay via cryptocurrency or make a donation to a psychedelic research center that treats PTSD. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 Top Mattress Deals Best Luxury Mattress Use the code LD150 at checkout for the discount. Wired, "All Our Favorite Box Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day," 1 Sep. 2019 There’s also no guest checkout option, forcing shoppers to create an account to make a purchase. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty site uses a shady trick to sign up more members," 29 Aug. 2019 Biossance: From now through September 2, any purchase of $70 or more on the clean (vegan) beauty site will be able to choose one of two Summer-Necessities Kits—Bright & Dewy or Clear & Quenched—at checkout for free. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The Best 2019 Labor Day Beauty Sales You Can't Miss," 29 Aug. 2019 With the new $0.10 fee on single-use plastic bags at retail checkout going into effect on August 1, 2019, this is an opportunity for the community to support DKH while preparing for the state ban on plastic bags to be implemented in 2021., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 26 Aug. 2019 The checkout girl, a sweet-faced kid with a wedding ring and lacquered black hair, was perplexed. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No one looked more pleased than Brown, who apparently found out checking out his phone in his kitchen. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Here's how Antonio Brown's tumultuous summer has gone," 11 Sep. 2019 Below, check out an exclusive preview of Sabrina the Teenage Witch #5, in stores this Wednesday. Christian Holub,, "Sabrina and Salem gear up for battle in Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic preview," 9 Sep. 2019 Murano and Burano are on most people’s itineraries, but these lesser-known islands are worth checking out, too. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 Those with or considering backyard poultry would be wise to check out the CDC's guidelines. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Salmonella illnesses tied to backyard poultry flocks surpass 1,000 cases in 49 states," 2 Sep. 2019 There's no shortage of new releases to get hyped about (check out our most-anticipated reads for the second half of 2019 to see even more), but below are some books coming out over the next few months that may pique your interest. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Space operas, platypus papers, and more books to read this fall," 1 Sep. 2019 Kirkwood said the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital to be checked out. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Morning scuffle at Lafayette Coney leads to broken glass, four arrests," 30 Aug. 2019 See it for yourself in the video above, then check out how the brand makes its signature floating tables and cutting boards. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Watching This Hunk of Wood Turn into a Bowl Is Your Moment of Zen for Today," 26 Aug. 2019 Keep scrolling for all the Best of Beauty winners in the Fragrance category, and be sure to check out the other victors of 2019's Best of Beauty Awards, too. Allure, "These Are the Best Fragrances of 2019," 16 Sep. 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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4 Nov 2019

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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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