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

Definition of checkout

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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 attributivelya 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: 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 Better yet, Reviewed and USA TODAY readers will get an extra 15% off through today, June 25 only, thanks to our exclusive promo code: Simply enter coupon code VIP15 at checkout. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Alice + Olivia is having a must-shop warehouse sale and everything's up to 80% off," 25 June 2020 For now, the revolution sounds like the beep-beep of the Publix checkout line so a young man can save for community college. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 Both Sephora and Ulta Beauty already pop product samples into bags at checkout and will continue to offer that perk. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "No testers, no problem: Ulta and Sephora have a new take on 'try before you buy'," 18 June 2020 Simply use the code MULLIGAN at checkout to score a discount on your future golf getaway. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Get 50% Off a Golf Getaway for the Ultimate Father's Day Gift — and Take the Trip Anytime Before June 2021," 16 June 2020 To get out of the situation, Gina headed to the self-checkout lane. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Metro Market employee with special needs was tricked into buying alcohol. She told her boss — then got fired," 16 June 2020 Police charged an Aurora man, 71, with theft at 7 a.m. June 15 after he was caught under-ringing items at the Walmart self-checkout register. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Never-on-Sunday serial shoplifter caught: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 15 June 2020 So the company has developed a new anti-microbial coating that can be applied to touchscreens, button pads, and other parts of an ATM, self-checkout terminals, or other machines with surfaces that could become contaminated with viral droplets. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "A new coating could protect ATMs from spreading diseases like COVID-19. But will it work?," 15 June 2020 Through June 30, 2020, Sunset Readers can use the code SUNSETMAG at checkout to get the the first batch of seedlings free with the purchase of a Farmstand. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset Loves: I Tried Vertical Gardening and Now the Neighbors Love Me," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb See the complete video interview with Alicia Keys and check out prior celebrity videos below. Mike Rose, cleveland, "73 questions with Alicia Keys (video)," 1 July 2020 For men, check out the Logo Americana Graphic Pullover Hoodie with its own patriotic look. Leada Gore |, al, "July 4th sales, deals for red, white and blue attire: Best deals on patriotic gear," 30 June 2020 Be sure to check out our many other guides, such as the Best Gear for Learning Music guide, and our Work From Home Gear recommendations. Parker Hall, Wired, "Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need," 27 June 2020 For a cost-effective pack of four smart plugs, check out this bundle from Gosund. Popular Science, "The best smart plugs, outlets, and power strips for automating your home," 18 June 2020 This isn’t just a loss for students and tourists hoping to check out the country. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Nobody wants to visit the US while it is a coronavirus hot zone," 17 June 2020 Phone lines went unanswered up until June 7, and library staff began hearing from community members about wanting to be able to check out books still. oregonlive, "Multnomah County Library continues opening pickup/drop-off locations, starts online reading program," 15 June 2020 The owner, who had a daughter with a handicap, said to check out the ARC. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Arc needs help raising funds to open again to serve its clients and their caregivers," 15 June 2020 Guests should check out the Bavarian Lodge or Enzian Inn for a genuine Bavarian hospitality experience. Molly O'brien, Travel + Leisure, "Visit One of These 8 Western U.S. Destinations for a Taste of Traveling Abroad," 13 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Checkout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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