or check-out

[ chek-out ]

  1. the procedure of vacating and paying for one's quarters at a hotel.

  2. the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day's charge is not to be made.

  1. an examination of fitness for performance: The checkout of the new plane was successful.

  2. a series of sequential actions to familiarize oneself with new equipment.

  3. itemization and collection of amounts due for purchases: Retailers need to improve online checkout.

  4. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use checkout in a sentence

  • Zeke took the evening train home in order to pry that check out of the elder, but old Doc.

  • Later tests would put the rim through check-out tests to as high as 1.59 gee, but "normal" operation had been fixed at two RPM.

    Where I Wasn't Going | Walt Richmond
  • You're right, sweetheart—everything will check out on zero, to nineteen decimals.

    Spacehounds of IPC | Edward Elmer Smith
  • Chambers ripped the check out of the book, waved it slowly in the air to dry it.

    Empire | Clifford Donald Simak
  • Jibbey fished a soaked card baggage-check out of his pocket and passed it over.

    The Real Man | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for check out

check out

  1. (intr) to pay the bill and depart, esp from a hotel

  2. (intr) to depart from a place; record one's departure from work

  1. to investigate or prove to be in order after investigation: the police checked out all the statements; their credentials checked out

  2. (tr) informal to have a look at; inspect: check out the wally in the pink shirt

    • the latest time for vacating a room in a hotel, etc

    • (as modifier): checkout time

  1. a counter, esp in a supermarket, where customers pay

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with checkout


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]

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