checkout

or check-out

[ chek-out ]
/ ˈtʃɛkˌaʊt /

noun

the procedure of vacating and paying for one's quarters at a hotel.
the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day's charge is not to be made.
an examination of fitness for performance: The checkout of the new plane was successful.
a series of sequential actions to familiarize oneself with new equipment.
itemization and collection of amounts due for purchases: Retailers need to improve online checkout.
Also called checkout counter. a counter where customers pay for purchases: The supermarket has five checkouts.

Origin of checkout

1920–25, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase check out

Definition for check out (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

Related forms

check·less, adjective

Synonym study

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 out (1 of 2)

check out


verb (adverb)

(intr) to pay the bill and depart, esp from a hotel
(intr) to depart from a place; record one's departure from work
to investigate or prove to be in order after investigationthe police checked out all the statements; their credentials checked out
(tr) informal to have a look at; inspectcheck out the wally in the pink shirt

noun checkout

  1. the latest time for vacating a room in a hotel, etc
  2. (as modifier)checkout time
a counter, esp in a supermarket, where customers pay

British Dictionary definitions for check out (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

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 out (1 of 2)

check out


1

Record one's departure from a hotel by paying the bill, or from a conference or other function, as in As soon as my bags are packed I'll check out of the motel. [Early 1900s]

2

Leave hurriedly, make a quick exit, as in The minute I get paid I'm checking out. [Slang; 1920s]

3

Die, as in When he got cholera, he was sure he'd check out. [Slang; 1920s]

4

Withdraw an item after recording the withdrawal, as in I'll check out the tapes on your library card. [1930s]

5

Record, total the prices, and receive payment for a purchase, as in The cashier checked out and bagged my groceries in record time.

6

check something or someone out. Investigate or evaluate something or someone; observe carefully. For example, I don't know if you'll like the film; check it out yourself, or That man who's staring is probably just checking us out. [Slang; mid-1900s]

7

Pass close inspection, as in That rattle made me suspicious, but the repairman said the machine checked out completely.

Idioms and Phrases with check out (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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