Check meaning

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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.

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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.
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A check mark.
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A chip or counter used in gambling.
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Something that stops or slows down motion, action, or expression; a restraint.

Heavy rains were a check on the army's advance.

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A ticket or slip of identification.

A baggage check.

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A bill at a restaurant or bar.
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The condition of being stopped or held back; restraint.

Kept my temper in check; holding agricultural pests in check with sprays.

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A stopping or slowing down of something.
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The act of blocking or impeding an opponent with the puck in ice hockey, either with one's body or one's stick.
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A pattern of small squares, as on a chessboard.
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A fabric patterned with squares.

A dress of pale green check.

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A move in chess that directly attacks an opponent's king but does not constitute a checkmate.
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The position or condition of a king so attacked.
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Used to declare that a chess opponent's king is in check.
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Used to express agreement or understanding.
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To deposit or consign for safekeeping or shipment.

Checked his coat at the door; checked my bags and boarded the plane.

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To move in chess so as to put (an opponent's king) under direct attack.
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To inspect so as to determine accuracy, quality, or other condition; test.

Checked the brakes for wear; checked the paper for misspellings.

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To verify by consulting a source or authority.

Checked her facts before speaking; check a spelling in the dictionary.

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To put a check mark on or next to.

Checked off each item on the list.

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To arrest or slow the motion or progress of.

Checked the flow by shutting a valve.

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To hold in restraint; curb.

Check an impulse to laugh.

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To stop (the swing of the bat) in an attempt to avoid swinging at a pitch that is out of the strike zone.

The batter checked his swing, and the pitch was called a ball.

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To block or impede (an opposing player with the ball or puck), as in ice hockey, by using one's body or one's stick.
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To write a check on a bank account.
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To undergo cracking in a pattern of checks, as paint does.
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To make an examination or investigation; inquire.

Phoned to check on the departure time; checked into the rumor.

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To be verified or confirmed; pass inspection.

The suspect's story checked out.

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To agree point for point; correspond.

The fingerprints checked with the ones on file.

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To block or impede an opposing player with the ball or puck, as in ice hockey.
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To come to an abrupt halt; stop.

The soldiers rushed into the room but checked when they saw their commander.

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To place a chess opponent's king in check.
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In certain card games, to announce that one is declining the option of making a bet.
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To pause to relocate a scent. Used of hunting dogs.
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To abandon the proper game and follow baser prey. Used of trained falcons.
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A sudden stop; abrupt halt.
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Any restraint or control put upon action.
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A person or thing that restrains or controls.
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A supervision of accuracy, efficiency, etc.
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A mark (✓) to show approval or verification of something, or to call attention to it.
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An identification ticket or other token enabling one to claim an item left in a checkroom, etc.

A hat check.

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One's bill at a restaurant or bar.
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A gambling chip.
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A fabric with such a pattern.
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A rebuke; reprimand.
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A blocking or bumping of an opponent.
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A test, comparison, examination, etc. to determine if something is as it should be.
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A standard or sample used in making such a determination.
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A written order to a bank to pay a named payee a stated amount of money, typically from funds deposited in the payer's checking account.
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A form, typically preprinted with the payer's name, account number, etc., used for such orders.
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A pattern of small squares like that of a chessboard.
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One of these squares.
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Agreed; I understand; right; OK.
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Used to signify that one's opponent's king is in check.
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To cause to stop suddenly; halt abruptly.
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To hold back; restrain; control.
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To rebuff, repulse, or rebuke.
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To test, measure, verify, or control by investigation, comparison, or examination.

Check the accounts.

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To mark with a check (✓)
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To mark with a pattern of squares.
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To deposit or receive for deposit temporarily, as in a checkroom.
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To get (esp. luggage) cleared for shipment.
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To add up the prices of (purchases) and collect the total.
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To plant in checkrows.
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To place (an opponent's king) in check.
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To block or bump (an opponent)
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To reduce the strain on (a line) by letting it out gradually.
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To agree with one another, item for item.

The accounts check.

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To investigate in order to determine the condition, validity, etc. of something.
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To draw a check on a bank account.
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To crack in small checks.

Cheap paint may check.

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To stop or halt; specif., to pause, as a hunting dog, to pick up the scent.
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To turn from the pursuit of one prey to follow a lesser one (with at)
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To decline one's chance to open a round of betting.
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Used to check or verify.

A check experiment.

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Having a crisscross pattern; checked.
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A piece of paper that is a negotiable instrument drawn on a bank and payable on demand to the person identified as the payee.
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A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
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A check that is not honored by a drawee bank because it is forged, the account it is drawn on has insufficient funds or does not exist, or the check is in some other way defective. See also check kiting.
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A check with a notation (for example, the word “paid”) on it made by the drawee bank that indicates that the check has been paid.
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A check drawn by a bank upon its own account rather than that of an individual depositor and made payable to another person, to the same bank, or to a different branch of the same bank.
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A check with a certification or notation written upon it (for example, the word “certified”), indicating that the drawee bank has set aside sufficient funds from the drawer’s or maker’s deposit to guarantee payment of the check on demand.
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Abbr. Not sufficient funds check. A check that a drawee bank may not pay because the drawer has insufficient funds on deposit to cover it when it is presented for payment. See also check kiting.
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A check whose face amount has been increased. Unless done with the agreement of the drawer or maker, the charge constitutes a material alteration and discharges the drawer or maker, as well as the drawee bank, from paying any amount on the check.
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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.

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One of the squares of such a pattern.
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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.

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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.

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A written order to a bank to pay the amount specified from funds on deposit; a draft.
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The act or an instance of inspecting or testing something, as for accuracy or quality.

Gave the paper a final check.

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A standard for inspecting or evaluating; a test.

The condition of the wiring can serve as a check for the level of the seller's home maintenance.

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Origin of check

Middle English chek check in chess from Old French eschec from Arabic šāh from Persian king, check shah