Check - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃek|  American pronunciation of the word check
Brit.  |tʃek|  British pronunciation of the word check

noun

- a written order directing a bank to pay money (syn: cheque)
he paid all his bills by check
- an appraisal of the state of affairs (syn: assay)
a check on its dependability under stress
- the bill in a restaurant (syn: chit, tab)
he asked the waiter for the check
- the state of inactivity following an interruption (syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage)
held them in check
- additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct (syn: confirmation, substantiation, verification)
- the act of inspecting or verifying (syn: checkout)
they made a check of their equipment
the pilot ran through the check-out procedure
- a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc. (syn: tick)
as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name
- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress (syn: balk, baulk, deterrent, handicap, hindrance, impediment)
- a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something (syn: chip)
- a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
she wore a skirt with checks
- the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess (syn: bridle, curb)
- obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
- (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

verb

- examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition (syn: check out, go over)
check the brakes
- make an examination or investigation
check into the rumor
check the time of the class
- be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something (syn: ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see)
- lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits (syn: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate)
- stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
She checked for an instant and missed a step
- put a check mark on or near or next to (syn: mark, mark off, tick, tick off)
Please check each name on the list
- slow the growth or development of (syn: delay, retard)
- be verified or confirmed; pass inspection (syn: check out)
These stories don't check!
- be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics (syn: agree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally)
The handwriting checks with the signature on the check
- block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
- develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control (syn: condition, discipline, train)
- consign for shipment on a vehicle
check your luggage before boarding
- hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
- abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
- stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
The dog checked
- mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on (syn: checker, chequer)
- decline to initiate betting
- hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (syn: arrest, contain, hold back, stop, turn back)
- place into check
He checked my kings
- write out a check on a bank account
- find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort (syn: ascertain, determine, find out, learn, see, watch)
- verify by consulting a source or authority
check the spelling of this word
check your facts
- arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve
- make cracks or chinks in (syn: chink)
The heat checked the paint
- become fractured; break or crack on the surface only (syn: break, crack)

Extra examples

Please give the schedule a check to see if the times are correct.

I gave the ingredients list a quick check to see if the cereal contained any sugar.

She ran a quick check of the computer to make sure it was working properly.

The police ran a check on the license plate and found out that the car had been stolen.

He was penalized for an illegal check.

He made out the check to me and signed it, and I deposited it in my account.

Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card?

Make sure to check your spelling.

She checked her makeup in the mirror.

We should check the equipment to make sure that it's working properly.

The guards checked my passport.

He checked his watch and saw that it was almost noon.

I'll just check the map to see where we are.

I'll check the newspaper to see when the movie starts.

If you're looking for a spoon, check the top drawer.

Phrasal verbs

check in  — announce one's arrival, e.g. at hotels or airports
check out  — examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: check
he/she/it: checks
present participle: checking
past tense: checked
past participle: checked
noun
singular: check
plural: checks
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