verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun, plural checks or for 40, chex.
- the losing of the scent by a dog or pack.
- (in fox hunting) a period in a hunt, following the losing of the scent by the hounds, during which the field rests quietly while the hounds cast to regain the scent.
- to vacate and pay for one's quarters at a hotel.
- to verify or become verified; examine or investigate.
- to fulfill requirements, as by passing a test: The engine checked out and we proceeded on our way.
- to itemize, total the cost of, and collect payment for (a purchase): The supermarket cashier was exhausted from checking out groceries all day long.
- to have the cost added up and pay for merchandise.
- to borrow (an item) by having it listed as one's temporary responsibility: The adding machine was checked out in your name.
- Informal. to depart quickly or abruptly; leave in a hurry.
- Slang. to die.
Origin of check1
SYNONYMS FOR check
Related formscheck·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for in check
- a person or thing that restrains, halts, etc
- (as modifier)a check line
- a control, esp a rapid or informal one, designed to ensure accuracy, progress, etc
- (as modifier)a check list
- fabric with a pattern of squares or crossed lines
- (as modifier)a check suit
Derived Formscheckable, adjective
Word Origin for check
Idioms and Phrases with in check (1 of 2)
Restrained from moving or acting; under control. For example, The first division held the enemy in check, or Mary kept her emotions in check. This term replaced at check and out of check, which date from the mid-1500s.
Idioms and Phrases with in check (2 of 2)
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
- blank check
- claim check
- in check
- pick up (the check)
- rain check
- reality check
- rubber check