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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Copies are available for checkout at the Adult Circulation Desk., 4 June 2021 For example, a retailer could add Attentive for SMS Marketing, Shogun for building their storefront, and Fast for one-click checkout. Arjun Kapur, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The book is available for checkout in the Children’s Room at the Berea Branch. cleveland, 17 May 2021 That is partly because electronic items were the only items available for checkout during most of April 2020 and May 2020. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 Laptops are also now available for checkout from the drive-up window for a four-hour period, according to the library website. Kaitlin Edquist,, 14 Dec. 2020 Libraries across America are adding video games to their collections available for checkout. Reece Rogers, Wired, 10 Dec. 2020 It’s fewer people breathing, less close contact and fewer people standing in lines for checkout. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2020 Two periodicals — Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock — are available for checkout. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer,, 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to check out the three teasers that Epic Games has released in the leadup to the new season. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Many see the master gardener status as an unattainable goal, but Woods encouraged anyone who is interested to check out the program. Arkansas Online, 6 June 2021 Be sure to check out reporter Anne Nickoloff’s report on how the live-music scene is emerging from the pandemic nightmare and coming back to life at the Beachland Ballroom, Grog Shop, Music Box and other Cleveland-area clubs. Michael Norman, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Venture Rewards Credit Card—be sure to check out our list of the best travel credit cards. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 June 2021 Dog lovers will want to check out Bark in the Park Aug. 13. Annie Alleman,, 3 June 2021 Read on to check out our favorite picks from the sale and start mentally making space on your top shelf, purse, desk, and everywhere in between. Sarah Han, Allure, 3 June 2021 Watch the video above for Siwa's full A to Z, and be sure to check out EW's Pride digital cover story to learn about the pop star's coming out, her burgeoning movie career, and more. Rachel Yang,, 3 June 2021 Don’t forget to check out our other guides, like the Best Gifts for New Parents and the Best Kid Podcasts. Matt Jancer, Wired, 2 June 2021

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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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The first known use of checkout was in 1921

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17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Checkout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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