Definitions for checktʃɛk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to stop or arrest the motion of suddenly or forcibly.

  2. to restrain; control:

    to check an impulse.

  3. to cause to diminish, as in rate or intensity.

  4. to verify the correctness of, as by comparison.

  5. to inquire into, search through, etc.:

    to check the files for a missing letter.

  6. to inspect or test the condition, performance, safety, etc., of.

  7. to mark so as to indicate choice, correctness, verification, etc. (often fol. by off).

  8. to leave in or accept for temporary custody:

    Check your coats at the door.

  9. to surrender (baggage) for conveyance.

  10. to mark with or in a pattern of squares:

    to check fabric.

    Category: Textiles

  11. (in chess) to place (an opponent's king) under direct attack.

    Category: Checkers and Chess, Games

  12. (in ice hockey) to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent).

    Category: Sport

  13. (v.i.)to prove to be right; correspond accurately.

  14. to make an inquiry or investigation, as for verification (often fol. by up, into, etc.):

    Check into the matter.

  15. to stop suddenly.

  16. (in chess) to make a move that puts the opponent's king under direct attack.

    Category: Checkers and Chess, Games

  17. to crack or split, as paint.

    Category: Building Trades

  18. (in poker) to decline to bet.

    Category: Games

  19. check in, to register or report one's arrival, as at a hotel or airport.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  20. check (up) on, to investigate, scrutinize, or inspect.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. check out, to leave a hotel, hospital, etc., officially, esp. after settling one's account. to verify or become verified. to confirm or be confirmed as fulfilling necessary requirements, being in working condition, etc. to total the cost of purchases and collect payment from (a customer). to lend or borrow (an item) officially, as from a library. Informal. to depart quickly or abruptly. Slang. to die.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. check over, to examine or investigate thoroughly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. (n.)a written order, usu. on a standard printed form, directing a bank to pay money.

    Category: Business

  24. a slip showing an amount owed, esp. a bill as for food or beverages consumed.

  25. a ticket given for items left in a checkroom, to customers waiting to be served, etc.

  26. a criterion, standard, or means to insure against error, fraud, etc.

  27. an inquiry, search, or examination.

  28. a mark, often indicated by (??), as on a list, to indicate that something has been noted, acted upon, approved, etc.

  29. a sudden arrest or stoppage.

  30. a means of stopping, limiting, or restraining.

  31. a test or inspection, as to ascertain quality or performance.

  32. a pattern formed of squares.

  33. one of the squares in such a pattern.

  34. a fabric having such a pattern.

    Category: Textiles

  35. (in chess) the exposure of the king to direct attack.

    Category: Checkers and Chess, Games

  36. an ice hockey maneuver designed to obstruct or impede the movement of an opponent.

    Category: Sport

  37. a counter used in card games, as the chip in poker.

    Category: Games

  38. a small crack, as in a painted surface.

    Category: Building Trades

  39. (interj.)(used as a call in chess to warn that an opponent's king is in check.)

    Category: Checkers and Chess, Games

  40. Informal. all right! agreed!

    Category: Informal, Common Vocabulary

Idioms for check:

  1. in check,under restraint:

    to hold one's anger in check.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: check , curb , restrain refer to putting a control on movement, progress, action, etc. check implies arresting suddenly, halting or causing to halt by means of drastic action: to check a movement toward reform. curb implies slowing or stopping forward motion: to curb inflation; to curb a horse. restrain implies the use of force to put under control or hold back: to restrain one's enthusiasm; to restrain unruly spectators. See also stop.

Origin of check:

1275–1325; ME chek, chekke (at chess) < OF eschec (by aphesis), var. of eschac < Ar shāh check (at chess) < Pers: lit., king (an exclamation: i.e., look out, your king is threatened); see shah

Princeton's WordNet

  1. check, bank check, cheque(noun)

    a written order directing a bank to pay money

    "he paid all his bills by check"

  2. assay, check(noun)

    an appraisal of the state of affairs

    "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"

  3. check, chit, tab(noun)

    the bill in a restaurant

    "he asked the waiter for the check"

  4. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage(noun)

    the state of inactivity following an interruption

    "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"

  5. confirmation, verification, check, substantiation(noun)

    additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

    "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

  6. check, checkout, check-out procedure(noun)

    the act of inspecting or verifying

    "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"

  7. check mark, check, tick(noun)

    a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

    "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"

  8. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap(noun)

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  9. check, chip(noun)

    a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

  10. check(noun)

    a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

    "she wore a skirt with checks"

  11. bridle, check, curb(noun)

    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

    "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

  12. check(noun)

    obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

  13. check(verb)

    (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

  14. check, check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into(verb)

    examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

    "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"

  15. check(verb)

    make an examination or investigation

    "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"

  16. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure(verb)

    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

    "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"

  17. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate(verb)

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

  18. check(verb)

    stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

    "She checked for an instant and missed a step"

  19. check, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick(verb)

    put a check mark on or near or next to

    "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"

  20. check, retard, delay(verb)

    slow the growth or development of

    "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

  21. check, check out(verb)

    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection

    "These stories don't check!"

  22. match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree(verb)

    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

    "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

  23. check(verb)

    block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

  24. discipline, train, check, condition(verb)

    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

  25. check(verb)

    consign for shipment on a vehicle

    "check your luggage before boarding"

  26. check(verb)

    hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

    "Check your coat at the door"

  27. check(verb)

    abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

  28. check(verb)

    stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

    "The dog checked"

  29. check, checker, chequer(verb)

    mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on

  30. check(verb)

    decline to initiate betting

  31. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back(verb)

    hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

    "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

  32. check(verb)

    place into check

    "He checked my kings"

  33. check(verb)

    write out a check on a bank account

  34. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn(verb)

    find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"

  35. check(verb)

    verify by consulting a source or authority

    "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"

  36. check(verb)

    arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

    "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

  37. check, chink(verb)

    make cracks or chinks in

    "The heat checked the paint"

  38. crack, check, break(verb)

    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

    "The glass cracked when it was heated"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. check(verb)ʃɛk

    to inspect the quality or condition

    to check my inbox for emails; They checked her skin for red spots.

  2. checkʃɛk

    to find out whether sth is true, exists, is happening, etc.

    Before crossing, check for cars.; I'll check which room the meeting's in.; Check that the printer is connected.; I'll check with Mom that it's OK .

  3. checkʃɛk

    to limit or stop sth in order to prevent sth bad from happening

    an attempt to check his alcohol consumption

  4. checkʃɛk

    to stop yourself from saying sth

    I realized she was listening and checked myself.

  5. checkʃɛk

    ✓) next to sth

    Check it off your list.; checked the appropriate boxes

  6. checkʃɛk

    to give suitcases to an airline employee to be put in the cargo area of a plane

    a limit to the amount of baggage you can check; I'm just checking two bags.

  7. check(noun)ʃɛk

    an inspection to test the quality or condition

    a quick check of the area; to do/make a check

  8. checkʃɛk

    a paper used to pay for sth, on which you write the payment amount and sign

    to pay by check; a check for $300

  9. checkʃɛk

    a paper showing the amount owed in a restaurant; = bill

    Could we have the check?

  10. checkʃɛk

    a pattern of different colored squares

    a cloth with a red and green check

  11. checkʃɛk

    ✓) indicating the thing next to it is correct or finished

    ***Put a check mark next to the correct answer.

  12. checkʃɛk

    to control sth to prevent sth bad from happening

    medication to keep her asthma in check

Webster Dictionary

  1. Check(noun)

    a word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move

  2. Check(noun)

    a condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check

  3. Check(noun)

    whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff

  4. Check(noun)

    a mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad

  5. Check(noun)

    a written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below

  6. Check(noun)

    a woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure

  7. Check(noun)

    the forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds

  8. Check(noun)

    small chick or crack

  9. Check(verb)

    to make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check

  10. Check(verb)

    to put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb

  11. Check(verb)

    to verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against (an item) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy; as, to check an account; to check baggage

  12. Check(verb)

    to chide, rebuke, or reprove

  13. Check(verb)

    to slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended

  14. Check(verb)

    to make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber

  15. Check(verb)

    to make a stop; to pause; -- with at

  16. Check(verb)

    to clash or interfere

  17. Check(verb)

    to act as a curb or restraint

  18. Check(verb)

    to crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc

  19. Check(verb)

    to turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds

  20. Check(adj)

    checkered; designed in checks


  1. Check

    In games such as chess, shogi, and xiangqi, a check is a threat to capture the king on the next move turn. A king so threatened is said to be in check. On the very next move, the player whose king is in check must remove their king from check, if possible. Either the threat must be stopped or the king must be moved to a square where it is no longer in check. If the player has no move out of check, the game ends in checkmate and the player loses.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. check

    A hardware-detected error condition, most commonly used to refer to actual hardware failures rather than software-induced traps. E.g., a parity check is the result of a hardware-detected parity error. Recorded here because the word often humorously extended to non-technical problems. For example, the term child check has been used to refer to the problems caused by a small child who is curious to know what happens when s/he presses all the cute buttons on a computer's console (of course, this particular problem could have been prevented with molly-guards).

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'check' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2125

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'check' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1009

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'check' in Nouns Frequency: #1490

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'check' in Verbs Frequency: #233

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an act of testing or checking.

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