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check

noun

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1 the amount owed at a bar or restaurant or the slip of paper stating the amount
  • diners at that temple of gastronomy often look shocked when they receive the check

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2 a close look at or over someone or something in order to judge condition
  • made a careful check of the antique table before buying it

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3 a record of goods sold or services performed together with the costs due
  • request a detailed check from the company before sending any money

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4 a small sheet of plastic, paper, or paperboard showing that the bearer has a claim to something (as admittance)
  • handed over a check for his coat

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5 something that limits one's freedom of action or choice
  • the judiciary is intended to be a check on the executive and legislative branches of government

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6 an irregular usually narrow break in a surface created by pressure
  • the network of fine checks on the surface would indicate that the painting is quite old

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7 the stopping of a process or activity
  • the announcement of bad news gave a sudden check to the celebration

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check

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of check (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to be in agreement on every point
  • their story of what happened checks with the report of the eyewitness

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3 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • check your enthusiasm a bit, and think before you marry someone you just met

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Frequently Asked Questions About check

How does the verb check contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of check are bridle, curb, and restrain. While all these words mean "to hold back from or control in doing something," check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.

trying to check government spending

In what contexts can bridle take the place of check?

While in some cases nearly identical to check, bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.

bridle an impulse to throw the book down

When can curb be used instead of check?

Although the words curb and check have much in common, curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.

learn to curb your appetite

Where would restrain be a reasonable alternative to check?

In some situations, the words restrain and check are roughly equivalent. However, restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.

restrained themselves from laughing

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The first known use of check was in the 14th century

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“Check.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/check. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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