\ ˌdə-bəl-ˈchek, ˈdə-bəl-ˌ\
double-checked; double-checking; double-checks

Definition of double-check

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject to a double check data double-checked for accuracy

intransitive verb

: to make a double check

double check


Definition of double check (Entry 2 of 2)

: a careful checking to determine accuracy, condition, or progress especially of something already checked

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Finally, double check that your car has a spare (in working condition!). Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Be gentle with your squeezing and give the pimple a double check after popping. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Revealed Her Beauty Secrets and Makeup Must-Haves," 4 Oct. 2018 Always get travel insurance (and double check your plan). Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "When Does Hurricane Season Begin and End? Everything a Traveler Needs to Know," 14 Sep. 2018 Lancaster doubled Louisville City's lead before halftime, but to see O'Connor's face walking off the pitch prompted a double check that the score hadn't flipped. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 2018 The big Dolores-Charlotte reveal made me go back to previous episodes, just to double check: The entire time Charlotte was with Strand, that was Dolores. Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "‘Westworld’: Jeffrey Wright on Bernard’s Big Revelation and the Joys of Reddit Fandom," 24 June 2018 Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Texas drivers can expect increased enforcement over Fourth of July," 29 June 2018 Of course, the schedule is subject to change, so be sure to double check with your local theatre in advance for exact showtimes. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Regal Cinemas' Summer Movie Express Schedule Is Here," 27 June 2018 Caveats: Qatar’s long-haul fleet is somewhat inconsistent, so double check the type of aircraft and the seat map on your flight to make sure the plane features the new suites. 2. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of double-check

: to check (something) again in order to be certain

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