check-in

[ chek-in ]
/ ˈtʃɛkˌɪn /

noun

the act or fact of checking in.

Origin of check-in

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase check in

Definition for check in (2 of 2)

Origin of check

1
1275–1325; Middle English chek, chekke (at chess) < Old French eschec (by aphesis), variant of eschac < Arabic shāh check (at chess) < Persian: literally, king (an exclamation: i.e., look out, your king is threatened); see shah

OTHER WORDS FROM check

check·less, adjective

synonym study for check

1. See stop. 2. Check, curb, repress, restrain refer to putting a control on movement, progress, action, etc. Check implies arresting suddenly, halting or causing to halt: to check a movement toward reform. Curb implies the use of a means such as a chain, strap, frame, wall, etc., to guide or control or to force to stay within definite limits: to curb a horse. Repress, formerly meaning to suppress, now implies preventing the action or development that might naturally be expected: to repress evidence of excitement. Restrain implies the use of force to put under control, or chiefly, to hold back: to restrain a person from violent acts.
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British Dictionary definitions for check in (1 of 2)

check in

verb (adverb)

(intr) to record one's arrival, as at a hotel or for work; sign in or report
(tr) to register the arrival of (passengers, etc)

noun check-in

  1. the formal registration of arrival, as at an airport or a hotel
  2. (as modifier)check-in time
the place where one registers arrival at an airport, etc

British Dictionary definitions for check in (2 of 2)

check
/ (tʃɛk) /

verb

noun

interjection

chess a call made to an opponent indicating that his king is in check
mainly US and Canadian an expression of agreement

Derived forms of check

checkable, adjective

Word Origin for check

C14: from Old French eschec a check at chess, hence, a pause (to verify something), via Arabic from Persian shāh the king! (in chess)
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Idioms and Phrases with check in (1 of 2)

check in

1

Record one's arrival at a hotel, conference, or other function, as in I asked the hotel if we could check in early. [Early 1900s] Also see check into, def. 2.

2

Die, as in With the plane rapidly losing fuel, the pilot was sure he'd check in. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see check out.

Idioms and Phrases with check in (2 of 2)

check

In addition to the idioms beginning with check

  • check in
  • check into
  • check off
  • check on
  • check out
  • check over
  • checks and balances
  • check up

also see:

  • blank check
  • claim check
  • in check
  • pick up (the check)
  • rain check
  • reality check
  • rubber check
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