check·​point | \ ˈchek-ˌpȯint How to pronounce checkpoint (audio) \

Definition of checkpoint

: a point at which a check is performed vehicles were inspected at various checkpoints

Examples of checkpoint in a Sentence

Our car was stopped at a police checkpoint before we were permitted to cross the border.
Recent Examples on the Web After another two days, a neighbor told Svitlana that the men’s bodies were lying in a nearby park where Russian soldiers had set up a checkpoint. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The River Revitalization Foundation, a nonprofit on Riverboat Road, hosted a checkpoint with canoeing. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2022 The stash was seized at the Nogales border checkpoint when agents found 2.5 pounds of black tar heroin, nine pounds of heroin and 89 pounds of methamphetamine. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 26 July 2022 Last week, unidentified armed men killed six people at a checkpoint just 70 km east of Bamako. Reuters, CNN, 22 July 2022 The Kahului Airport is Maui’s main flight hub and the second busiest airport in Hawaii, currently operating with only one TSA checkpoint for all passengers. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 The weapon was caught at a security checkpoint, where the gun was detected in an X-ray machine. Gaya Gupta, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Urey and another Briton, Dylan Healy, were detained at a checkpoint controlled by separatist forces in late April. Reuters, NBC News, 15 July 2022 The organization understands that what might work in concept could experience challenges at each cultural ‘checkpoint’ before new rules of engagement take hold. Rod Berger, Forbes, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of checkpoint

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkpoint was in 1926

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5 Aug 2022

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“Checkpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of checkpoint

: a point at which an inspection or investigation is performed a checkpoint to uncover drunk drivers

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