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], decease, demise, depart, die, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], part, pass (on), pass away, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, 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

Major card networks later decided to stop requiring consumers’ signatures, in part to save time at checkout. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "JPMorgan Wants Card Customers to Pay With a Tap," 14 Nov. 2018 At a multilevel Sears in Garden City, N.Y., a checkout line snaked halfway across one floor. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "For Sears Workers, a Chaotic, Heartbreaking Last Christmas," 23 Dec. 2018 Around Barron, where Jayme’s sunny face and strawberry hair peers out from checkout counters from Duane’s Collision Repair Center to Dollar General, endless speculation has filled the void of hard information. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 Standard Market is the latest entry in the emerging fray of retail automation, where companies are installing ceiling cameras, sensors and machine learning into grocery stores to replace the checkout line — and predict theft. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Where in the world is Alphabet CEO Larry Page?," 14 Sep. 2018 The retailers, working through merchant trade groups, have flagged issues around the networks’ recently announced plan to combine their individual payment buttons on merchants’ online checkout pages. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Visa, Mastercard Push for One-Click Ordering. Retailers Say ‘Not So Fast’," 24 May 2018 Snack brands, meanwhile, are trying to figure out how to boost impulse purchases when customers increasingly aren’t walking by their items at checkout. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Online Orders Force Supermarkets to Rethink Their Stores," 2 Oct. 2018 Today's list is headlined by a deal on Apple's AirPods, which are available for $127 at Rakuten with a coupon code at checkout. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take 20% off a new pair of Apple AirPods," 2 Oct. 2018 Right now until September 24, Macy's is offering up to 15 percent off on trending (and some of my absolute favorite) beauty brands like MAC, Sunday Riley, and more with the promo code VIP at checkout. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "13 Cult-Favorite Beauty Products You Can Buy On Sale at Macy's Right Now," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anyways, check out the trailer below, and smash that subscribe button. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "David Tennant Is Starting a Podcast, and Olivia Colman Will Be His First Guest," 25 Jan. 2019 For the full map and menus from every booth and restaurant, check out our Taste of Chicago 2018 guide. Joseph Hernandez,, "Taste of Chicago opens today: What you need to know," 11 July 2018 From Airstream to Winnebago, check out five of our favorite camper vans, and don’t miss these other affordable options, too. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 2018 And if these chairs don't quite fit your style, check out our roundup of accent chairs for giving your living room new ... uh, well ... life. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $500 Walmart Chair Is Almost A Perfect Dupe For This $1600 Anthropologie Chair," 8 Aug. 2018 Ahead, check out some of the collection’s highlights, and be prepared to plan your workout — and makeup sesh — accordingly. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Wet-n-Wild Announces Gym-Inspired Collection, Pump," 6 Jan. 2019 By contrast, check out what just happened in Everett. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan," 5 Dec. 2018 Mandell and his team — led by Scott Schooley and Joe Califore — checked out a number of venues, both inside and outside of the city. Shawn Mcfarland,, "How Local Businessman Bruce Mandell Brought Pro Soccer To Hartford," 13 July 2018 But first, check out the latest Big Brother 20 power rankings. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brother power rankings: Day 23," 12 July 2018

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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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