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 Taliban insurgents attacked a government security checkpoint in the district of Tagab and one of their mortar shells hit a civilian house, Kapisa provincial police spokesman Shayeq Shoresh said Sunday. Tameem Akhgar, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 More than 3,000 had crossed the border by 9:30 a.m., according to an official at the checkpoint. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Caltrans San Diego said westbound lanes between Buckman Springs Road and Sunrise Highway — near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint — were closed. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Passengers will receive a QR code to use at the checkpoint at their reservation time. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Word at the checkpoint that the wind had calmed up ahead proved false. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2021 Oliva, now 76, a Vietnam War veteran and longtime VA patient, underwent two surgeries to repair injuries sustained after officers forcefully arrested him at a security screening checkpoint following a dispute over his ID. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 22 May 2021 The lobby is now a security checkpoint with metal detectors. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, 21 May 2021 But the matchup before those, an 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium, provided Dugger with a rookie checkpoint. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Checkpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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