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

Few shoppers even noticed the connection: Only 1 out of 44 customers who answered questions at checkout spontaneously mentioned that the music was the reason behind their selection. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 For a limited time, the company is offering 30-day free trials of AmazonFresh to new customers, who also are eligible to receive $10 off their first order of $35 or more by using promotional code Grocery10 at checkout. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon launches on-demand grocery delivery service for Prime members in Indianapolis," 4 Sep. 2019 To redeem this deal, enter the code VERGE20 at checkout. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "At $299, the iPad with 128GB of storage is this week’s best deal," 17 Aug. 2019 That shopping basket at Walmart cost a total of $119.44 at checkout -- the best overall value of the six companies, the bank analysts found. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Which U.S. grocery chains offer the best value?," 9 Aug. 2019 Books are available for checkout at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Saving is then as simple as swiping a barcode from the Target app or providing a phone number at checkout. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "How Target's new loyalty program could change family shopping habits," 10 Sep. 2019 To use it, customers can swipe a barcode from the Target app or provide their phone number at checkout. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Target's new loyalty program launches nationwide in October," 9 Sep. 2019 There was a three-hour wait for a space in the parking lot, and sometimes longer in the line for checkout., "GE’s latest sales piece: a slice of its aviation lending unit," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now check out 100 years of DIY beauty hacks: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Kim Kardashian "Got in Trouble" With Kanye West for Letting Daughter North Wear Makeup," 15 Sep. 2019 For more details, check out the event website or contact your BMW dealership. Jenn Tanaka, Orange County Register, "Driver’s Seat: BMW Ultimate Driving Experience at Santa Anita Park, Sept. 14-20," 12 Sep. 2019 For a full rundown of rule changes, check out the NFL’s list. Giana Han,, "The Ravens’ home opener is Sunday. Here’s what you need to know before heading to M&T Bank Stadium.," 11 Sep. 2019 Fans of the Daptone Records catalog or of Durand Jones & the Indications will want to check out the Black Pumas. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our 7 picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 8 Sep. 2019 So if your autumn plans involve burrowing under your sheets and catching up on your z’s—or ending the day with a good old-fashioned bath—do yourself a favor and check out Frette’s Album03 collection. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Frette’s New Capsule Collection is the Touch of Luxury We’ve Been Craving," 4 Sep. 2019 Visitors can check out eerie takes on the tea party, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice, plus the usual jack-o-lanterns and skeletons through Oct. 31 inside the store at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road. Daily Pilot, "Roger’s Gardens goes mad as a hatter for Halloween," 29 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, check out the below for some amazing deals on appliances that are happening now on stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Sur La Table. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Pre-Black Friday Appliance Sales of 2019," 26 Aug. 2019 For more information on what’s going on in Seattle, check out Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Everyone’s got their go-to Seattle spots. Here are a few more.," 24 Aug. 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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