check·​up | \ ˈchek-ˌəp How to pronounce checkup (audio) \
plural checkups

Definition of checkup

: a general examination of someone's or something's condition … Take your car or minivan to the garage for a thorough checkup.Travel Holiday especially : a periodic medical or dental examination Family history for breast, prostate and colon cancer is one of the first things any competent doctor asks you about at a checkup. — Peter Huber After each checkup, the dentist asks, "Have you been flossing?" The big lie: "Of course." — Jin Lee

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Examples of checkup in a Sentence

She goes for a checkup every year. The doctor gave me a checkup. She brought in her car for a 30,000-mile checkup.
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Recent Examples on the Web Sobejana said the couple will undergo medical checkup and will be interviewed by military officials. Washington Post, "Philippine troops rescue abducted British man and wife," 25 Nov. 2019 That said, there are ways to type 1 diabetes, including living a healthy lifestyle and getting regular health checkups. Korin Miller,, "There Are 4 Ways to Manage Your Type 1 Diabetes Through Treatment—Here's How," 18 Nov. 2019 That’s your cue to connect with your doctor or get a more thorough checkup to head off any potentially serious problems down the road. Alice Park, Time, "Here's How Well the Apple Watch Can Detect Heart Problems," 14 Nov. 2019 The triage, medical, and dental checkup teams worked in the cavernous nave, with patients waiting quietly on the pews. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Scenes From the Ragged Edge of American Health Care," 11 Dec. 2019 Woo said Warren's January checkup found no red flags. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren is "in excellent health," doctor's report says," 6 Dec. 2019 Woo said Warren's January checkup found no red flags. Arkansas Online, "Doctor's report says Elizabeth Warren 'in excellent health'," 6 Dec. 2019 When the first caravan to catch the world’s attention passed through Mexican towns on its way north in spring 2018, it was often welcomed with mariachi bands, offers of food and water, and even medical checkups. Mark Krikorian, National Review, "Why Mexico Is Cooperating with Us on Immigration," 17 Oct. 2019 The California Hospital Association is already warning that the public charge will lead to more crowded emergency rooms, bad debt for hospitals and costly care for chronic diseases that routine checkups could have avoided. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump public charge rule undermines the American Dream," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of checkup

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkup was in 1900

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20 Jan 2020

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“Checkup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkup

: an examination of a person made by a doctor to make sure the person is healthy also : an instance of looking at the parts of a machine to make sure it is working properly


check·​up | \ ˈchek-ˌəp How to pronounce checkup (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkup

2 : a general physical examination made by a doctor or veterinarian


check·​up | \ ˈchek-ˌəp How to pronounce checkup (audio) \

Medical Definition of checkup

: examination especially : a general physical examination

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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