checking account


Definition of checking account 

: a bank account against which the depositor can draw checks

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The social media giant has reportedly had talks with JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and US Bancorp to discuss proposed features including fraud alerts and checking account balances via Messenger. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook: We’re not asking for financial data, we’re just partnering with banks," 6 Aug. 2018 To pay its employees, buy mailing materials, have a website, accept donations and membership dues, etc., the group needs basic checking account services. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The National Rifle Association, America’s most powerful lobby, claims it’s in financial crisis. What?," 3 Aug. 2018 The San Francisco startup began offering customers a SoFi checking account and debit card in June. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Under Noto, SoFi Trying to Raise Money for Deals," 2 July 2018 The high-end creamy powder highlighters are at the top of several beauty must-have lists (for good reason) and the makeup brand just gave us another reason to dip into our checking accounts. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca’s Tangerine Highlighter Gives the Perfect Summery Glow," 23 Apr. 2018 The proposal by three economists and former U.S. Treasury officials is to offer a FedAccount — free checking accounts of any size at the Federal Reserve to individuals and business. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Re-envisioning basic banking," 6 July 2018 About 82 percent of the largest credit unions nationwide offer free checking accounts to all members — a stark contrast to only 38 percent of banks, according to the survey. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How your money in the bank can make more money," 3 June 2018 Launching checking accounts could tighten Amazon's grip on its consumers -- and possibly disrupt the banking industry. USA TODAY, "A Foolish Take: 44.5% of Amazon customers would use an "Amazon Bank"," 5 Mar. 2018 The report also shows that Asian, Latinx and African Americans pay substantially higher overdraft fees and expenses to maintain checking accounts than whites. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Your Bank Is a White Supremacist," 22 June 2018

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checking account was circa 1909

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English Language Learners Definition of checking account

: a bank account from which you can take money by writing checks

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Kids Definition of checking account

: an account in a bank from which the depositor can draw money by writing checks

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