[ chekt ]
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  1. held in check; suppressed or restrained: If not checked, the fungus could destroy the entire year's supply of wheat.Her enthusiasm for the renovations was checked after she saw the estimated cost.

  2. (of baggage) accepted for conveyance under the privilege of a passenger's ticket: The major U.S. carriers raised the checked bag fee earlier this year.

  1. having a pattern of squares; checkered: He wore a blue and white checked shirt.

  2. Phonetics. (of a vowel) situated in a closed syllable (opposed to free).

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of check1.

Origin of checked

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English; check1 + -ed2 for the adjective senses; check1 + -ed1 for the verb sense

Other words from checked

  • un·checked, adjective
  • well-checked, adjective

Words Nearby checked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use checked in a sentence

  • When these last words of his were interpreted to her, she started, made as if she would run after him, but checked herself.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Bernard uttered a quick exclamation, but Angela checked him with a glance, and Gordon looked from one of them to the other.

    Confidence | Henry James
  • He was greeted by hoots and jeers, but with absolute imperturbability he reorganised his forces and checked the enemy.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • She checked these useless inquiries; they gave rise to painful and humiliating conjectures.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • The clerk had put them all up now and packed them into the basket and stood expectantly with the list checked off in his hand.

British Dictionary definitions for checked


/ (tʃɛkt) /

  1. having a pattern of small squares

  2. phonetics (of a syllable) ending in a consonant

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