Check - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃek|  American pronunciation of the word check
Brit.  |tʃɛk|  British pronunciation of the word check
- a written order directing a bank to pay money (syn: cheque)
- an appraisal of the state of affairs (syn: assay)
- the bill in a restaurant (syn: chit, tab)
- the state of inactivity following an interruption (syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage)
- additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct (syn: confirmation, substantiation, verification)
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- examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition (syn: check out, go over)
- make an examination or investigation
- 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
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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?

a fabric with a blue and yellow check

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.

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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