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checkmate

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verb check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of checkmate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrest, thwart, or counter completely

  3. 2 :  to check (a chess opponent's king) so that escape is impossible

Examples of checkmate in a Sentence

  1. finally checkmated the billionaire in his attempt to take over the movie studio

Origin and Etymology of checkmate

Middle English chekmaten, from chekmate, interjection used to announce checkmate, from Anglo-French eschec mat, from Arabic shāh māt, from Persian, literally, the king is left unable to escape


First Known Use: 14th century


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checkmate

noun check·mate

Definition of checkmate

  1. 1a :  the act of checkmatingb :  the situation of a checkmated king

  2. 2 :  a complete check

Examples of checkmate in a Sentence

  1. a brilliant move that resulted in checkmate

  2. The challenger can force a checkmate with his next move.

15th Century

First Known Use of checkmate

15th century


CHECKMATE Defined for English Language Learners

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checkmate

noun check·mate

Definition of checkmate for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in chess in which a player loses the game because that player's king is in a position from which it cannot escape


CHECKMATE Defined for Kids

checkmate

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noun check·mate \ˈchek-ˌmāt\

Definition of checkmate for Students

  1. :  a situation in chess in which a player loses because the player's king is in a position from which it cannot escape capture



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