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

Definition of checkout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 attributively a 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for checkout

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those ushers who once carried proud armfuls of programs now wander the lobbies, outfitted (sometimes literally) with oversize QR codes, waiting to be scanned by passing patrons like a can of soup at the self-checkout. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Even in the age of next-day delivery, self-checkout, and gigabit internet, some things can't be rushed. Car and Driver, 11 July 2022 But self-checkout did not revolutionize the grocery store. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 9 July 2022 More:Is 5-10 years fair for shoplifting $80 from a Walmart self-checkout? Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 The store’s idea of saving me time is self-checkout. Krishna Motukuri, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Police said she skip scanned several items at a self-checkout register. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 14 June 2022 Self-checkout stations are available for those wanting completely contactless experiences. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2022 Aleia Marino, who started working as a self-checkout host at a Walmart in Ohio at 17, has been selected for the program’s next class of trainees. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The following week DiLiegro flew to L.A. to pitch his food show, look at apartments and check out a couple of special effects shops. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The right mouse can prevent muscle strain and wrist problems, so check out the picks in our Best Keyboards and Best Gaming Mouse guides. Medea Giordano, Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Submit questions or check out some of our past conversations below. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 Read a little about both winners and their brands below, and then check out the video above to hear the conversation in full. Essence, 2 Aug. 2022 Ultrasound is a convenient, noninvasive tool for doctors to look inside the human body and check out a person’s liver, heart and other internal structures, as well as the developing fetus of a pregnant patient. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2022 Go underground and check out a handful of small caves and rock shelters that few visitors know about. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Watch a clip from Thursday’s show below, and check out a concert photo Drake shared on Instagram. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 30 July 2022 For part two, be sure to tune into tomorrow's episode of 5 Things, and check out Karen's full six part series of stories on obesity in America with a link in today's episode description. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

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“Checkout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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