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 Regular checkups and early vaccines protect against measles, polio and diphtheria and other life-threatening diseases. Katia Hetter, CNN, "Getting to medical appointments during a pandemic," 11 May 2020 Patients, in turn, are more frequently getting checkups and filling their prescriptions more regularly. Los Angeles Times, "Along the Mississippi, Obamacare’s neglected legacy: civil rights," 11 May 2020 Fire personnel will have to undergo regular health checkups. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Could COVID-19 collide with Arizona's wildfire season? Fire officials are preparing for the worst," 25 Apr. 2020 This is where players act as a manager and accomplish tasks such as looking for a dorm, meeting with TV producers or booking an annual health checkup, according to Netmarble. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Will ‘BTS World’ video game be a hit when it launches June 26?," 25 June 2019 The young couple waiting six feet away for their dog to be returned after his checkup quietly slipped out, onto the sidewalk, to give us some privacy. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, "On Top of Everything Else, My Dog Died," 22 Apr. 2020 After his checkup, Kumar was sent home and ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. Priyali Sur, CNN, "Under India's caste system Dalits are considered untouchable. The coronavirus is intensifying that slur," 15 Apr. 2020 Pregnant women should not be avoiding their prenatal checkups, agrees DeTata. Madeline Roache, Time, "Can Coronavirus Affect Pregnancy or Newborns? Here's What the Experts Say," 20 Mar. 2020 Johannah Lancaster took her 3-year-old son to Dental Express for his first checkup, expecting a routine cleaning. USA Today, "Dentists under pressure to drill ‘healthy teeth’ for profit, former insiders allege," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of checkup

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Checkup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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