check meaning

[ tʃek ] Pronunciation:   "check" in a sentence
  • Verb: check  chek
    1. Examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
      "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
    Noun: check  chek
    1. [N. Amer] A written order directing a bank to pay money
      "he paid all his bills by check"
      - bank check [US], cheque [Brit, Cdn] 
    2. An appraisal of the state of affairs
      "a check on its dependability under stress"
      - assay 
    3. [N. Amer] The bill in a restaurant
      "he asked the waiter for the check"
      - chit, tab 
    4. The state of inactivity following an interruption
      "held them in check"
      - arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage 
    5. Additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
      - confirmation, verification, substantiation 
    6. The act of inspecting or verifying
      "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
      - checkout, check-out procedure 
    7. 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"
      - check mark, tick [Brit] 
    8. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
      - hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk [Brit], handicap 
    9. A mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
      - chip 
    10. A textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
      "she wore a skirt with checks" 
    11. The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
      - bridle, curb 
    12. Obstructing an opponent in ice hockey 
    13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

    Sounds like: cheque, Czech

    Derived forms: checks, checked, checking

    See also: checker

    Type of: account, aggress, alter, analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], appraisal, assessment, attack, be, bill, bill of exchange, blemish, block, blockade, canvas, canvass, change, charge, chess move, cogent evidence, consign, crack, cut, defect, defend, develop, difficulty, draft, draw, draw off, embarrass, equal, examine, go, halt, hinder, hold back, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, inspection, invoice, issue, keep, keep back, make grow, make out, mar, mark, modify, move, obstruct, obstruction, order of payment, proof, restrain, restraint, review, see, stop, study, stymie, stymy, take out, verify, weave, withdraw, write out

    Part of: hockey, hockey game, ice hockey

    Encyclopedia: Check Check, Please Check, Please!

  • [American slang]
    interj. okay; yes; “Yes, it is on the list.”
    • Bill: Four quarts of oil. Tom: Check.
    • Fred: Are you ready? Paul: Check.

  • [Architecture]

    A small crack running parallel to the grain in wood and across the rings; usually caused by shrinkage during drying; in veneers, may improve the appearance.


    A minute crack in steel which has been cooled too abruptly.


    An attachment that limits movement, such as a door check.


    See checking.

    check, 1

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]


    1 (AmE) = CHEQUE

    HELP NOTE You will find some words formed with check at the spelling cheque.


    an act of making sure that sth is safe, correct or in good condition by examining it:

    All our machines are given regular checks.

    My job is to keep a check on each stage of the production process.

    You should run a virus check on your laptop.

    a regular/routine/security check

    ◆ to be given/get/have a check

    ◆ to do/run a check (on sth)


    something that slows down the progress of sth else or stops it from getting worse:

    The new measures should keep a check on inflation.

    Public opinion can act as a check on the power of the executive.

    ❖ to act as/serve as a check on sth

    4 (especially AmE) = BILL (2)

    5 (AmE) = TICK noun (1)


    hold/keep sth in check

    to keep sth under control so that it does not spread or get worse:

    The bank may raise interest rates to keep prices in check.



    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to examine sth to see if it is correct, safe or satisfactory, or to see if it contains sth:

    Get someone to check your application form.

    Have you checked the program for errors?

    Check that you have sufficient insurance before you travel.

    She gave me the minutes of the meeting to read and check.

    2 [+ obj or no obj]

    to find out if sth is correct or true or if sth is how you think it is:

    You'd better check with Ken what time he's expecting us.

    checking the time

    I'll check that I've put the answering machine on.

    3 [+ obj]

    to control sth; to stop sth from increasing or getting worse:

    The government is determined to check the growth of public spending.

    4 (AmE) [+ obj]

    to leave bags or cases with an official so that they can be put on a plane or train:

    You must check your luggage at the airport ticket counter.

    We can check your luggage through to your final destination.

    5 (AmE) [+ obj] = TICK verb:

    Please check one answer for each question.


    check in (at ... ); check into ...

    to go to a desk in a hotel, an airport, etc. and tell an official there that you have arrived:

    Please check in at least an hour before departure.


    check sth in (BrE)

    to leave bags or cases with an official to be put on a plane or train:

    We checked in our luggage and went through to the departure lounge.


    check sb/sth off (AmE)


    Make a list of follow-up actions and check them off as you complete them.

    check on sb/sth

    to look to see how sb/sth is :

    I phoned to check on my order (= to find out how it was progressing).

    check out (especially AmE)

    if facts, etc. check out, they can be shown to be correct or true:

    Most of the claims they make for the product do check out.

    check out (of ... )

    to pay your bill and leave a hotel, etc:

    Guests should check out of their rooms by 11am.


    check sth out


    to find out if sth is correct, true or acceptable:

    They check out all new employees to make sure they don't have a criminal record.

    2 (informal)

    to look at or examine sth that seems interesting or attractive:

    Check out the prices at our new store!

    check over/through sth

    to examine sth carefully to make sure that it is correct or acceptable:

    We spent several days checking over the contract before signing.

    check up on sth

    to find out if sth is true or correct:

    I just need to check up on a few facts before the presentation.

  • [Economics]
    The US spelling of cheque.


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  1. would you care to have separate checks?
  2. let 's make a check on his calculation.
  3. let 's make a check on his calculation.
  4. when i saw the check i nearly passed out.
  5. the main force of the enemy met with a check ..

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