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 The grainy video shows a car approaching the checkpoint slowly, before accelerating and turning sharply towards a police booth, sending a female police sergeant flying backwards. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Video of Palestinian man being shot after suspected attack at checkpoint sparks controversy," 26 June 2020 According to police, the driver attempted to run over a member of the paramilitary border police force at the checkpoint and an officer opened fire at the vehicle. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 23, 2020," 23 June 2020 The checkpoint will play a crucial role for all visitors. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rocky Point reopens to tourists amid COVID-19 pandemic, but its beaches are still closed," 20 June 2020 At Love Field Airport, there was once an urn with ashes left behind at a security checkpoint, which Perry said was quickly reunited with its owner. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "What happens to unclaimed items found at DFW or Love Field airports? Curious Texas investigates," 19 June 2020 This summer, travelers will also encounter some new protocols at most every airport security checkpoint in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Airports welcome back travelers with new rules, protocols and promises," 19 June 2020 That aims to provide a quick response to temporary chokepoints causing employees to bunch up, such as at a glitchy temperature checkpoint. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints," 18 June 2020 Anyone arriving in the territory will encounter a checkpoint near the Yukon border. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "The Canadian border is closed, but Alaskans in the Lower 48 can still drive home. Here’s what to expect.," 12 June 2020 Teams usually don’t take long breaks there -- 18 of the 28 mushers who passed through the checkpoint before the Elim 11 spent less than four hours there this year. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Martin Buser is an Iditarod double-winner, collecting awards for sportsmanship and inspiration," 12 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Checkpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkpoint

: a place where people, cars, etc., are searched by someone (such as a police officer) before being allowed to continue



Legal Definition of checkpoint

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

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