- The definition of a check is a sudden stop or a person or thing that restrains or controls.
An example of check is a parent strapping a toddler into a high chair.
- A check is defined as a mark put next to something written down to show it has been verified or completed.
An example of check is a mark someone would make to show that something on a "to do" list has been completed.
- A check is the bill a person receives at a restaurant, or a paper order directing your bank to pay money to a third party from your bank account.
An example of check is what someone writes to pay their monthly car payment.
- Check means to test, examine, compare or inspect something to see if it is as it should be.
An example of check is someone making sure their car has enough oil.
This high chair will hold a baby in check.
A pad of checks in a checkbook.
check definition by Webster's New World
- a sudden stop; abrupt halt
- any restraint or control put upon action
- a person or thing that restrains or controls
- a supervision of accuracy, efficiency, etc.
- a test, comparison, examination, etc. to determine if something is as it should be
- a standard or sample used in making such a determination
- a mark (✓) to show approval or verification of something, or to call attention to it
- ☆ an identification ticket or other token enabling one to claim an item left in a checkroom, etc.: a hat check
- ☆ one's bill at a restaurant or bar
- ☆ Now Rare a gambling chip
- a written order to a bank to pay the stated amount of money from one's account
- a pattern of small squares like that of a chessboard
- one of these squares
- a fabric with such a pattern
- a small split, crack, or chink
- Obsolete a rebuke; reprimand
- Chess the condition of a king that is in danger of capture on the opponent's next move: when in such a condition, one's king must, if possible, be protected
- Hockey a blocking or bumping of an opponent
Origin: Middle English chek ; from Old French eschec, eschac, a check at chess, repulse ; from Midieval Latin scaccus, scahus ; from Persian šāh, king, principal piece in a game of chess (see shah); probably sense development: king in danger — hostile action — restraining action — means of restraint or control
- Informal agreed; I understand; right; OK
- Chess used to signify that one's opponent's king is in check
- to cause to stop suddenly; halt abruptly
- to hold back; restrain; control
- to rebuff, repulse, or rebuke
- to test, measure, verify, or control by investigation, comparison, or examination: check the accounts
- to mark with a check (✓)
- to mark with a pattern of squares
- ☆ to deposit or receive for deposit temporarily, as in a checkroom
- ☆ to get (esp. luggage) cleared for shipment
- to make chinks or cracks in
- ☆ Agric. to plant in checkrows
- Chess to place (an opponent's king) in check
- Hockey to block or bump (an opponent)
- Naut. to reduce the strain on (a line) by letting it out gradually
- ☆ to agree with one another, item for item: the accounts check
- ☆ to investigate in order to determine the condition, validity, etc. of something: often with on
- ☆ to draw a check on a bank account
- to crack in small checks: cheap paint may check
- to stop or halt; specif., to pause, as a hunting dog, to pick up the scent
- Falconry to turn from the pursuit of one prey to follow a lesser one (with at)
- ☆ Poker to decline one's chance to open a round of betting
- used to check or verify: a check experiment
- having a crisscross pattern; checked
check definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An action or influence that stops motion or expression; a restraint: Heavy rains were a check on the army's advance.
- The condition of being stopped or held back; restraint: kept my temper in check; holding agricultural pests in check with sprays.
- An abrupt stop in forward movement or progress; a halt.
- The act or an instance of inspecting or testing, as for accuracy or quality; examination: the careful check of each unit before sale; gave the car an oil check.
- A standard for inspecting or evaluating; a test.
- A check mark.
- A ticket or slip of identification: a baggage check.
- A bill at a restaurant or bar.
- Games A chip or counter used in gambling.
- A written order to a bank to pay the amount specified from funds on deposit; a draft.
- A small crack; a chink.
- a. A pattern of small squares, as on a chessboard.b. One of the squares of such a pattern.c. A fabric patterned with squares: a dress of pale green check.
- Games a. A move in chess that directly attacks an opponent's king but does not constitute a checkmate.b. The position or condition of a king so attacked.
- Sports The act of blocking or impeding an opponent in possession of the puck in ice hockey, either with one's body or one's stick.
- Games Used to declare that a chess opponent's king is in check.
- Informal Used to express agreement or understanding.
- To arrest the motion of abruptly; halt: checked the flow by shutting a valve.
- To hold in restraint; curb: check an impulse to laugh. See Synonyms at restrain.
- To slow the growth of; retard.
- To rebuke; rebuff.
- To inspect so as to determine accuracy, quality, or other condition; test: checked the brakes and lights for defects; checked out the system to make sure there were no errors in the software.
- To verify by consulting a source or authority: checked her facts before speaking; check a spelling in the dictionary.
- To put a check mark on or next to: checked off each item on the shopping list.
- To deposit for temporary safekeeping: checked his coat at the door.
- To consign (luggage, for example) for shipment on a transportation vehicle: checked her bags and boarded the plane.
- To make cracks or chinks in: Sunlight dried and checked the paint.
- Games To move in chess so as to put (an opponent's king) under direct attack.
- Sports To block or impede (an opposing player in possession of the puck) in ice hockey by using one's body or one's stick.
- To come to an abrupt halt; stop.
- To agree point for point; correspond: The fingerprints checked with the ones on file.
- To be verified or confirmed; pass inspection: The suspect's story checked out.
- To make an examination or investigation; inquire: phoned to check on the departure time; checked into the rumor.
- To write a check on a bank account.
- To undergo cracking in a pattern of checks, as paint does.
- Games To place a chess opponent's king in check.
- a. To pause to relocate a scent. Used of hunting dogs.b. To abandon the proper game and follow baser prey. Used of trained falcons.
- Sports To block or impede an opposing player in possession of the puck in ice hockey.
Origin: Middle English chek, check in chess, from Old French eschec, from Arabic shāh, from Persian, king, check; see shah.
- checkˈa·ble adjective
check - Business Definition
check - Investment & Finance Definition
A piece of paper that is a negotiable instrument drawn on a bank and payable on demand to the person identified as the payee.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
check - Legal Definition
check - Phrases/Idioms
- to register at a hotel, convention, etc.
- Informal to report, as by presenting oneself check in at the office
- to settle one's bill and leave a hotel, hospital, etc.
- to add up the prices of purchases and collect the total: said of a cashier, as in a supermarket
- to examine and verify or approve
- to prove to be accurate, in sound condition, etc. upon examination
- to draw (money) from a bank by check
- to register items to be loaned out, as books from a library
- Slang to die
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