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

The grocery store checkout aisles in Italy are just as candy-lined and tempting as American ones. Jesse Dart, Bon Appetit, "Pastiglie Leone: The Checkout Aisle Candies That Are Prettier Than the Rest," 20 June 2018 Its victories include getting Walmart to remove Cosmo from its checkout aisles and getting large hotel chains like Hyatt and Hilton to remove on-demand pornography from guest rooms. Klint Finley, WIRED, "MeToo Is Changing Even the Smarmiest Advertisers," 3 Apr. 2018 Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Walmart Tries to Join the #MeToo Movement By Removing Cosmo From Checkout Lines," 28 Mar. 2018 Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Walmart Is Removing Cosmo From Checkout Lines," 27 Mar. 2018 Substance is linked to hormone-disrupting effects in children Sample of store receipts shows widespread use of BPA Cleanup in the checkout aisle. Lauren Coleman-lochner,, "Trader Joe's to Remove Controversial Chemicals From Receipts," 17 Jan. 2018 Health department officials are now exploring ways to expand healthy options at checkout aisles throughout New York City. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Healthy Choices? Storefront Placement Plays a Role," 1 Dec. 2017 Milk, eggs, bread — and tabloids and candy in the checkout aisle. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Mom Petitions Supermarket to Stop Selling Candy and Tabloids in Checkout Aisles," 4 Jan. 2017 The to-do list includes an overhaul of the website, how products are showcased online, the website’s search and checkout functions and shipping estimates. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Dick’s Tech Chief Goes All Out on In-House Software," 26 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More surprising bride demands: Now check out the secret life of a breast model: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Nicole Briese, Allure, "Bride Asks Maid of Honor to Postpone Her Breast Implant Surgery Until After the Wedding," 11 May 2019 Between Easter Eggs from old Pokémon video games and crossovers with other pop culture franchises (including Ryan Reynolds's Deadpool, who voices Pikachu), the duo had quite the time checking out these memes. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Pokémon Detective Pikachu" Stars Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton Review Pokémon Memes," 8 May 2019 Enjoy the fun video below, and check out more on Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Watch Chiara Ferragni Celebrate at Her Surprise Birthday Party in FENDI's New #MeAndMyPeekaboo Video," 7 May 2019 For more great ideas, check out these these Mother's Day cookie recipes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "White Chocolate and Lavender Madeleines," 30 Apr. 2019 Pay close to attention to the very end of this video of her fiancé checking out a floral display. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Filming for Chip and Joanna Gaines' New Network?," 29 Apr. 2019 To learn more about the Mad River Modern, and to see some of Yankee Barn Home's other models, check out the website here. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Prefab Company Will Build You The Midcentury Modern Home Of Your Dreams," 5 Feb. 2019 For the full list of dates and lot numbers, check out the recall notice here. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some Rx Bars Have Been Recalled Due to an Undeclared Allergen," 16 Jan. 2019 Just check out the results from this August survey of 22,000 Americans by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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