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

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

But reruns were still airing, so he’d still get recognized — on the street, in the supermarket checkout line, even at the airport. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "America fell in love with ‘Jeopardy!’ again this year. In Washington, the romance never faded.," 8 July 2019 Instead, make your shopping list online, then print it off and skip ahead to the boxes and checkout line. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "16 Ikea Shopping Secrets You Need to Know Before Your Next Trip," 2 July 2019 Whole Foods eliminated disposable plastic bags from its checkout lines in 2008 and previously cut all foam meat trays from its stores in the U.S. and Canada. Kevin Tampone |,, "Whole Foods to pull plastic straws from all stores," 21 May 2019 Roman likes to spread the power of complaint cleansing in the grocery store checkout line. Sara Cagle,, "Want to embrace mindfulness? Try a complaint cleanse first," 28 June 2019 Others scoff at standing in a different kind of checkout line. Anchorage Daily News, "Join the Russian River crowd for the guarantee of salmon, or fish in peace with much lower odds?," 25 June 2019 Cafes like Philz Coffee have built streamlined checkout lines for people who order through their app. Simone Stolzoff,, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 In another clip, a little girl holding a box is seen talking a woman who appears to be standing in a checkout line. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Phoenix couple who say police threatened to shoot them will speak in mayor's meeting Tuesday," 18 June 2019 Shoppers posted to social media about long waits at the checkout line and then leaving stores empty-handed Saturday afternoon. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Staff provide a children’s story time, check out books and help register library cards in different parks each week. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by email or mail. Megan Mcardle, The Denver Post, "Megan McArdle: I’ll vote for any of the Democrats. But please nominate someone who can actually win.," 8 July 2019 Sauerbrunn returned in the 57th minute after being checked out and bandaged up. Avi Creditor,, "USA Wins Fourth Women's World Cup Title, Outlasts Netherlands in Final," 7 July 2019 For up-to-the-minute news and analysis, check out Dallas News, "Castro rises in poll, outrage over Texas immigration detention centers grows, new Dallas voting plan," 4 July 2019 And check out the animators who participated in this story and support their work: Shingo Adachi, Henry Thurlow, Terumi Nishii, and Zakoani. Eric Margolis, Vox, "The dark side of Japan’s anime industry," 2 July 2019 There are numerous events and historic sites visitors can check out to commemorate that accomplishment, and there are also places offering folks a chance to take home a souvenir. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Celebrate Arizona's role in the Apollo moon landing with anniversary-themed food, drinks and souvenirs," 1 July 2019 Read on for lineup highlights, beverage suggestions, tips on which artists to check out, and more. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 Assuming Slack’s debut is successful, IPOs once brokered in corporate boardrooms may instead become demo days where anyone with an internet connection—not just Wall Street insiders—can check out the company and make the first trade. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019

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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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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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