check·​point | \ˈchek-ˌpȯint \

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.

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Two police officers at a security checkpoint eyed him suspiciously. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Google Translate World Cup," 13 July 2018 According to the news release, the checkpoint will be in the 2700 block of River Road and will be operated in partnership between the Hamilton County OVI Task Force and the Cincinnati Police Department. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "OVI checkpoint Thursday night in Sedamsville canceled," 21 June 2018 At the time, the requirement to pass through a checkpoint was to verbally declare U.S. citizenship to a Customs and Border Patrol agent. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Wife of Marine veteran in Polk County facing deportation," 16 June 2018 News outlets report 29-year-old Martese Edwards was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday. NBC News, "Contract worker at White House arrested on attempted first-degree murder warrant," 6 June 2018 Martese Edwards, 29, was taken into custody just after noon at a checkpoint in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW., "Contract worker at White House arrested on warrant from Maryland," 6 June 2018 Immigration agents initially claimed the checkpoint was at full capacity but later started slowly processing their applications. The Economist, "Politics this week," 3 May 2018 Canales said the number of bodies found this year near the Falfurrias checkpoint is on pace to match 2017. Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, "With summer approaching, concerns grow about dangerous smuggling routes," 20 Apr. 2018 The checkpoint also is close to the interior ministry. Time, "Car Bomb Kills At Least 4 People Near Parliament in Somalia Capital," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of checkpoint

1926, in the meaning defined above

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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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