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check

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of check

  1. 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 Synonyms of check bill, tab Words Related to check invoice, receipt; account, reckoning, record, statement; charge, cost, damage, expense, fee, figure; score, tally

  2. 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 Synonyms of check audit, inspection, checkup, examination, going-over, look-see, review, scan, scrutiny, survey, viewWords Related to check analysis, assay, close-up, deconstruction, dissection; exploration, investigation, probe, research, study; inquisition, interrogation; once-over, perusal; recheck, reinspection, resurvey; observation, surveillance, watch; checkout, test-drive, trial run

  3. 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 Synonyms of check account, bill, invoice, statement, tabWords Related to check receipt, reckoning; document, ledger, record; charge, cost, expense, fee, price, rate, toll; score, tally

  4. 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 Synonyms of check ticket, coupon, pass, pasteboardWords Related to check certificate, note, token, voucher

  5. 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 Synonyms of check restriction, circumscription, condition, constraint, curb, fetter, limitation, restraint, strictureWords Related to check exception, proviso, qualification, reservation, stipulation, strings; ban, prohibition, proscriptionNear Antonyms of check freedom, latitude

  6. 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 Synonyms of check crack, chink, cleft, cranny, crevice, fissure, rift, splitWords Related to check crevasse; craze, hairline; fracture, rupture; breach, gap, opening; cut, gash, incision, slit

  7. 7 the stopping of a process or activity the announcement of bad news gave a sudden check to the celebration Synonyms of check arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, end, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationWords Related to check mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms of check extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms of check continuance, continuation


check

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of check

  1. 1 to be in agreement on every point their story of what happened checks with the report of the eyewitness Synonyms of check accord, agree, answer, chord, cohere, coincide, comport, conform, consist, correspond, dovetail, fit, go, harmonize, jibe, rhyme (also rime), sort, square, tally Words Related to check equal, match, parallel; align (also aline), line up, register Phrases fall in with Near Antonyms of check contradict, dispute, gainsay; negate, nullify; clash, conflict, jar Antonyms of check differ (from), disagree (with)

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a standstill a tree finally checked the skidding car Synonyms of check arrest, bring up, catch, halt, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopWords Related to check baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms of check carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  3. 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 Synonyms of check bridle, control, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to check bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of check liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of check lose

Synonym Discussion of check

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.
    • restrained themselves from laughing
check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.
    • trying to check government spending
curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.
    • learn to curb your appetite
bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.
    • bridle an impulse to throw the book down


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