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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In June, when the kids had checkups, the boy measured 10.2 micrograms per deciliter and his older sister measured 12.4. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 While most GPs can perform basic skin exams during a checkup, Dr. Markowitz has seen the rare case where a melanoma was missed. Beth Sobol, Allure, 29 Nov. 2023 The cost of a primary care visit when paying out of pocket sits at $171 and can run from $75 to $300 for a basic checkup without insurance. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 11 Jan. 2024 Many in the Black and Brown communities are sick, and not everyone is getting checkups. People Staff, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2023 Shortly after birth, that pediatrician was able to visit Mitchell on Columbia St. Mary's postpartum floor and do a checkup on the baby. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Going from bad to worse to worst, a routine checkup turns into his death sentence: a diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. Peter Biskind, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2023 Something tells us our dentist is going to be pleased at our next checkup. Lacey Muinos, Health, 11 Dec. 2023 Some creatures, like the Japanese giant salamander, just need a routine checkup once or twice a year. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkup was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Checkup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


check·​up ˈchek-ˌəp How to pronounce checkup (audio)
: examination sense 1
a dental checkup
especially : a general physical examination

Medical Definition


check·​up ˈchek-ˌəp How to pronounce checkup (audio)
: examination
especially : a general physical examination

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