What does check mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word check.

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"


  1. Check(v. t.)

    To leave (something) in the temporary custody of another; as, to check baggage; to check one's firearms at the door; to check one's coat at the cloakroom.

  2. Check(v. t.)

    To accept (something) for temporary custody from another; as, to check a customer's baggage; to check a customer's coat.

  3. Check(v. t.)

    To make a checkered pattern upon.

  4. Check(v. t.)

    To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb. Hence, (Ice Hockey) To obstruct the motion of an opposing player by contacting him with one's body.

  5. Check(v. t.)

    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. Hence, To compare with an original or with some standard, to insure correctness; as, to check an account; to check with a supervisor about procedures.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Check

    chek, v.t. to bring to a stand: to restrain or hinder: to rebuke: to control an account, &c., by comparison with certified data, vouchers, &c.: to place in check at chess: to mark with a pattern of crossing lines.—n. a term in chess when one party obliges the other either to move or guard his king: anything that checks: a sudden stop, repulse, or rebuff: (B., Shak.) a rebuke: a mark put against items in a list: an order for money (usually written Cheque): any counter-register used as security, a counterfoil: a token, of printed paper or metal, given to a railroad passenger to make secure the after-identification of his luggage, to a person leaving his seat in a theatre with the intention of returning, &c.: (U.S.) a counter used in games at cards—hence 'to pass in one's checks' = to die: a pattern of cross lines forming small squares, as in a chessboard: any fabric woven with such a pattern.—adj. (her.) divided into small squares by transverse, perpendicular, and horizontal lines.—ns. Check′-clerk, a clerk who checks accounts, &c.; Check′er, one who hinders or rebukes; Check′er-board, a board on which checkers or draughts is played; Check′-key, a latch-key; Check′mate, in chess, a check given to the adversary's king when in a position in which it can neither be protected nor moved out of check, so that the game is finished: a complete check: defeat: overthrow.—v.t. in chess, to make a movement which ends the game: to defeat.—ns. Check′-rein, a coupling rein, a strap hindering the horse from lowering its head; Check′-string, a string by which the occupant of a carriage may attract the driver's notice; Check′-tak′er, the collector of admission tickets at a theatre, railway-train, &c.; Check′-weigh′er, one who on the part of the men checks the weight of coal sent up to the pit-mouth. [O. Fr. eschec, eschac (Low L. scaccus, scāchus, It. scacco, Sp. jaque, Ger. scach), through Ar. from Pers. shāh, king—Checkmate being O. Fr. eschec mat—Ar. shāh māt(a), 'the king is dead,' i.e. can make no further move.]

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).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. check

    (See BOWLINE.) To slack off a little upon it, and belay it again. Usually done when the wind is by, or as long as she can lay her course without the aid of the bowline.--To check is to slacken or ease off a brace, which is found to be too stiffly extended, or when the wind is drawing aft. It is also used in a contrary sense when applied to the cable running out, and then implies to stopper the cable.--Check her, stop her way.

  2. check

    An office in dockyards. Cheque for muster, pay, provision, desertion, discharged, or dead--under DDD. or DSq^d.

Editors Contribution

  1. check

    To prove or verify.

    They did check the amount of the Invoice for their wedding as they were monitoring the income and expenditure.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of check in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of check in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of check in a Sentence

  1. Margarita Rohr:

    Vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, so aim to get more lean meat, fish, and dairy into your meals. But sometimes low levels are triggered by an absorption issue. If your diet is high in B12 but you shiver all the time, check in with your doctor for a vitamin B12 test. RELATED : 21 Important Facts About Vitamin B12 Deficiency You're a woman Find yourself in a constant battle with your spouse or male officemates for control of the thermostat ? Turns out that feeling cold really is a gendered condition. In general, women are better at conserving heat than men.

  2. Holli Armstrong:

    The winner has an option on the claim form to check' yes' or' no' for publicity, if the winner declines publicity, we respect their wishes and do not release their name.

  3. Charlie Sobeck:

    This checkout is anticipated to continue through the week, earth-based observatories participating in Campaign 9 will continue to make observations as Kepler's health check continues.

  4. Rodrigo Catril:

    The Fed’s acknowledgment of a slowdown in the pace of the recovery and dependency on vaccine roll out are not new news, but it does provide equity investors a bit of a reality check, pushing out the timing for recovery.

  5. Gemma Hulbert:

    It's pretty crazy, when we go into every guest cabin on a daily basis we open every product, every piece of makeup, every item of face-wash and we check the cap. You clean it so it looks like it's just come directly from the shop. If it's foundation you wipe everything perfectly clean.

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Translations for check

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  • فاتورة, حساب, استأنى, دقق, ضبط, أوقفArabic
  • раху́накBelarusian
  • шах, чавка, проверка, сметка, контрол, шахматна шарка, маркирам, отбелязвам, сверявам, давам на гардероб, проверявам, контролирамBulgarian
  • inspecció, comprovar, comparar, verificarCatalan, Valencian
  • křížek, šach, odškrtnutí, účet, zaškrtnout, kontrolovat, zkontrolovat, prověřit, ovládatCzech
  • skakDanish
  • Schach, Marke, Kontrolle, Untersuchung, Markierung, Rechnung, Überwachung, Karo, abzeichnen, markieren, checken, schieben, überprüfen, abgleichenGerman
  • επαληθεύω, ανακόπτωGreek
  • kontroli, certigi, strekmarki, krucmarkiEsperanto
  • marca de cotejo, gancho, chequeo, verificación, examen, jaque, cuenta, inspección, cotejo, comprobar, facturar, limitar, contener, patrón cuadriculado, inspeccionar, examinar, cotejar, depositar, controlar, despachar, verificar, compararSpanish
  • tuliEstonian
  • کیشPersian
  • tarkistusmerkki, tarkastus, tutkimus, pukki, lasku, shakki, šakki, merkitä, tarkistaa, rastittaa, hillitä, tutkia, tsekata, sököttääFinnish
  • skákFaroese
  • addition, vérification, contrôle, échec, croix, examen, vérifier, cocher, contrôler, laisser, déposer, checker, faire attention, enregistrerFrench
  • seicIrish
  • strìochag, casg, feuchScottish Gaelic
  • xaqueGalician
  • שַׁח, חֶשְׁבּוֹן, וִי, סימון, בְּדִיקָה, בדק, וידא, סימן, עשה ויHebrew
  • sakkHungarian
  • շախ, ստուգում, հաշիվ, վանդակ, ստուգել, նշել, զսպելArmenian
  • silang (x-mark), kontrol, pemeriksaan, bon, kendali, skak, conteng (v-mark), periksa, kotak, contengIndonesian
  • scacco, controllo, verifica, segno, conto, controllare, quadrettoItalian
  • 請求書, 勘定, 王手, 点検する, チェックする, チェックJapanese
  • 점검Korean
  • calculus, adisyón, ratio, teneoLatin
  • ໃບບິນLao
  • штикла, надзор, контрола, преглед, шах, сметка, проверка, проверува, препречува, спречува, карир, прегледува, сопираMacedonian
  • syahMalay
  • schaak, rekening, vinkje, kruisje, controle, controleren, inspecteren, aanvinken, aankruisen, verifiëren, checken, afvinkenDutch
  • kontroll, sjakk, krysse av, avkrysse, kontrollere, kryssjekke, sjekkeNorwegian
  • znaczek, parafka, sprawdzenie, szach, rachunek, kontrola, odhaczyć, skontrolować, kratka, sprawdzić, odfajkowaćPolish
  • xeque, marca, controle, limite, exame, tique, conta, inspeção, xadrez, inspecionar, examinar, checar, controlar, limitar, verificar, VerificaPortuguese
  • șah, verificare, supraveghere, socoteală, factură, control, notă de plată, inspecțieRomanian
  • галочка, птичка, проверка, шах, счёт, клетка, проверять, проверитьRussian
  • šach, účetSlovak
  • šah, računSlovene
  • schack, kontroll, koll, bock, nota, passa, ruta, kontrollera, kolla, hejda, markera, bockaSwedish
  • kontrol, şah, faturaTurkish
  • раху́нокUkrainian
  • kiểm traVietnamese

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