check·out | \ ˈchek-ˌau̇t \

Definition of checkout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or an instance of checking out

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


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 & Antonyms for checkout

Synonyms: Verb

conk (out), croak [slang], demise, depart, die, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, go, part, pass (on), pass away, perish, succumb

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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Examples of checkout in a Sentence


She paid for the room at checkout. There was a long line at the checkout.


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

The checkout-free store will be located in the heart of the city’s business district on the corner of 5th and Madison. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Amazon will open second cashierless convenience store in downtown Seattle this year," 3 July 2018 The incident happened while Roya Konzman, the child’s mother, was buying two cups of hot water for tea at the checkout on April 25 in Neptune, New Jersey, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "‘Her skin fused to her clothing’: 3-year-old scalded by hot water at store, suit says | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Another Facebook patent filing described how cameras near checkout counters could capture shoppers’ faces, match them with their social networking profiles and then send purchase confirmation messages to their phones. New York Times, "Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms," 9 July 2018 So don’t feel some type of way when someone yells the n-word in the checkout lane in Whole Foods. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 That means all visitors have to do is, show their ID at the checkout counters. Marci Shatzman,, "Boynton Beach library to close for a month; here's where patrons can go instead," 26 June 2018 Two and a half miles of walking, two failed attempts to cash a $15 check, one toy left behind at a checkout counter and $14 in fees for financial transactions that ordinarily wouldn’t cost me a dime. James Rufus Koren,, "For a day, I was one of the millions of Americans without a bank account. It was humbling," 21 June 2018 According to the Times, the unquenchable hunger for avocados has caused people to compromise their morals by seeking to pass them off as carrots (carrots!) at self-service checkout lanes in order to pay less for the fruits., "We Now Have Definitive Proof That The Avocado Obsession Has Gone Too Far," 7 June 2018 Because the only thing worse than small talk is dealing with self-checkout lanes. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Goodbye Boston Store, selfie-free zones and a new brewery opening," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ahead, check out our personal favorite posts from @amazonfashionsecrets., "Our Secret To Unearthing Amazon's Best Hidden Fashion Gems," 11 July 2018 The State of Texas offers the public a useful tool for checking out a day care center's history of violations. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston day care centers cited by state inspectors," 27 June 2018 For a helpful reminder on how to be an ally to LGBTQ colleagues every day, check out this handy post from Lifehacker. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: On Being a Better LGBTQ Ally," 25 June 2018 Alexa Skills will also be available, so guests can use a Skill such as Flight Tracker to check the status of their flight before checking out. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alexa for hotels lets guests order room service, control in-room smart devices [Updated]," 19 June 2018 Plus, the process of checking out a bike was cumbersome, the mobile app was an eyesore, and the 30-minute time span before the bikes had to be returned to a dock was frustratingly short. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 2018 There are about 11,000 people blocked from checking out books due to unpaid overdue fees, Berkeleyside reported, and the majority of those people live in three of Berkeley’s lowest-income ZIP codes. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "You'll never be charged a late fee again at these California libraries. Here's why," 12 June 2018 But instead of checking out the tropical homes, he was drawn to show guest Nicole McGuinness., "This Woman Was Diagnosed With Cancer After a Doctor Spotted Her Lump While Watching HGTV," 6 June 2018 For more information on Thursday night's Metro service, check out the schedule here. Jonas Shaffer,, "Washington Metro to stay open late for Capitals fans watching Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018

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

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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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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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