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

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 One New York family recently affected by an exclusion was that of Gabrielle Chaplin, whose 2-year-old daughter was found to have five times the threshold for elevated lead after a checkup in September 2020. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 His pediatrician picked up on some of them at his 18-month checkup. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Edison had his checkup at Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado medical center before this run. John Kissane, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2021 That family needs to get that man in for a complete physical, mental and, especially, psychosocial checkup NOW! Annie Lane, oregonlive, 8 Feb. 2022 That family needs to get that man in for a complete physical, mental and, especially, psychosocial checkup NOW! cleveland, 8 Feb. 2022 After receiving a brief medical checkup—including an ear-cleaning, with ethanol—the vole was released back into the bulrush. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 So, the family went home, counted their blessings, fell to their knees in relief as each test and checkup — weekly, monthly, every six months for the next five years — came back clean. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2021 Days before the pair welcomed their first child together, Dye revealed she had been hospitalized for a month due to complications following a routine pregnancy checkup. Vanessa Etienne,, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of checkup

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Checkup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for checkup


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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