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Dictionary Definition

check

Noun

1 a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check" [syn: bank check, cheque]
2 an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress" [syn: assay]
3 the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check" [syn: chit, tab]
4 the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]
5 additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory" [syn: confirmation, verification, substantiation]
6 the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure" [syn: checkout, check-out procedure]
7 a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name" [syn: check mark, tick]
8 something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress [syn: hindrance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap]
9 a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something [syn: chip]
10 a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
11 the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper" [syn: bridle, curb]
12 obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
13 (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

Verb

1 examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine" [syn: check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into]
2 make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
3 be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure]
4 lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate]
5 stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
6 put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items" [syn: check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick]
7 slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development" [syn: retard, delay]
8 be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!" [syn: check out]
9 be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
10 block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
11 train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?" [syn: discipline, train, condition]
12 consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"
13 hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"
14 abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
15 stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
16 mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on [syn: checker, chequer]
17 decline to initiate betting
18 hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back]
19 place into check; "He checked my kings"
20 write out a check on a bank account
21 find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: determine, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn]
22 verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
23 arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
24 make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn: chink]
25 become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" [syn: crack, break]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Persian چك (Chek) (in the first meaning).

Pronunciation

  • , /tʃɛk/, /tSEk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛk

Homophones

Noun

  1. (US) an order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity
    I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.
  2. (US) a mark like a v or sometimes x used as an indicator. Equivalent of a (UK) tick; also, a checkmark: √
    Place a check by the things you have done.
  3. (usually plural) a pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern
    The tablecloth had red and white checks.
  4. a bill, particularly at a restaurant
    I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.
  5. a control; a limit or stop
    checks and balances
  6. an inspection; examination
    I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.
  7. The situation in which the king is directly threatened by an enemy piece.
  8. a maneuver performed by an player to take another player out of the play
    The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck

Translations

a note promising to pay money to a named person or entity
  • Breton: chekenn
  • Czech: šek
  • Dutch: cheque
  • Esperanto: ĉeko
  • Finnish: sekki, shekki
  • French: chèque, vérification, contrôle
  • German: Scheck
  • Hebrew: , ,
  • Indonesian: cek
  • Italian: assegno
  • Kurdish: çek
  • Persian: (chek)
  • Polish: czek
  • Portuguese: cheque
  • Russian: чек (ček)
  • Slovak: šek
  • Slovene: ček
  • Spanish: cheque
  • Swedish: check
a mark like a v or sometimes x used as an indicator
a checkered pattern
  • Finnish: ruutukuvio (singular)
  • German: Karo
  • Indonesian: kotak
  • Italian: scacco , quadretto
  • Polish: kratka
  • Portuguese: xadrez
  • Russian: клетка
  • Spanish: patrón cuadriculado
  • Swedish: ruta
a bill, particularly at a restaurant
  • Dutch: rekening
  • Finnish: lasku
  • French: addition
  • German: Rechnung
  • Hebrew:
  • Indonesian: bon
  • Italian: conto
  • Polish: rachunek
  • Portuguese: conta
  • Russian: счёт (sčót)
  • Slovak: účet
  • Slovene: račun
  • Spanish: cuenta
  • Swedish: nota
a control, limit or stop
  • German: Kontrolle, Untersuchung, Überwachung
  • Indonesian: kendali, kontrol
  • Italian: controllo, verifica
  • Polish: kontrola
  • Portuguese: controle, limite
  • Russian: проверка
an inspection or examination
chess: when the king is directly threatened by an enemy piece
  • Czech: šach
  • Dutch: schaak
  • Estonian: tuli
  • Finnish: shakki, šakki
  • French: échec
  • German: Schach
  • Hebrew:
  • Indonesian: skak
  • Italian: scacco
  • Polish: szach
  • Portuguese: xeque
  • Romanian: şah
  • Russian: шах
  • Slovak: šach
  • Slovene: šah
  • Spanish: jaque
  • Swedish: schack

Verb

  1. to inspect; to examine
    Check the oil in your car once a month.
    Check whether this page has a watermark.
  2. to mark with a checkmark
    Check the correct answer to each question.
  3. to control, limit, or halt
    Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.
  4. to verify or compare with a source of information
    Check your data against known values.
  5. to leave in safekeeping
    Check your hat and coat at the door.
  6. to leave with shipping agent for shipping
    Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.
  7. to physically remove a person from play
    The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck
  8. to remain in the hand without betting, only legal if no one has yet bet.
    Tom did not think he could win, so he checked.

Translations

to inspect, examine
  • Finnish: tarkistaa, tutkia
  • French: vérifier
  • German: überprüfen
  • Hebrew:
  • Indonesian: periksa
  • Italian: controllare
  • Polish: sprawdzić
  • Portuguese: checar, inspecionar, examinar
  • Spanish: inspeccionar, examinar
  • Swedish: kontrollera, kolla
to mark with a checkmark
to control, limit, or halt
  • Finnish: hillitä
  • Indonesian: kendali, kontrol
  • Polish: skontrolować
  • Portuguese: controlar, limitar
  • Spanish: controlar, limitar, contener
  • Swedish: kontrollera
to verify or compare with a source of information
to leave in safekeeping
to leave with shipping agent for shipping
  • Spanish: facturar, depositar

Noun

check

Extensive Definition

Check may refer to:
In games:
  • Check (chess), a threat to capture the king or general
  • Cross-check, in chess, a check played in reply to a check
  • Poker chip, less commonly referred to as a check
  • Check, declining to bet in a game of poker
check in German: Check
check in Japanese: チェック

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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broad arrow, bulla, burn, burst, bust, cachet, cacuminal, cage, caging, canon, canvass, canyon, caste mark, cavity, cease, cerebral, certificate, certificate of deposit, certification, certified check, cessation, chafe, chain, chalk, chalk up, chap, charges, chasm, check, check and doublecheck, check in, check of, check off, check out, check over, check up on, checkbook, checker, checkerboard, checkerwork, checking, checkmark, checkmate, checkrein, checkup, cheque, chessboard, chime, chimney, chink, chip, chit, chock, cicatrix, cicatrize, circumvent, claw, clearing, cleave, cleft, cleuch, clip the wings, clog, clogging, cloister, closing up, closure, clough, cohere, coincide, col, collate, collation, colophon, colors in patches, comedo, comedown, commercial paper, comparative scrutiny, compare, concur, concussion, confine, confinement, confirm, confirmation, conform, conform with, confounding, confusion, consist with, consonant, constrain, constraint, constriction, contain, continuant, 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receipt, recheck, reckoning, reef, register, register with, registered trademark, rein, rein in, relax, remora, rend, rent, repel, report, repress, repression, repulse, research, resist, resistance, respond to, restrain, restraint, restraint of trade, restrict, restriction, retard, retardation, retardment, retrench, retrenchment, retroflex, reversal, reverse, reverse of fortune, review, riddle, rift, rime, rip, rive, rout, rule, run, run over, running head, running title, rupture, savage, scab, scald, scale, scan, scar, scarification, scarify, scissure, scorch, score, scotch, scrape, scratch, scratching, scrip, scrutinize, scrutiny, scuff, sea anchor, seal, seal up, seam, sebaceous cyst, second-degree burn, segmental phoneme, self-control, semivowel, set an examination, set back, setback, severe check, shackle, shut in, shut up, sight bill, sight draft, sigil, sign in, sign on, signet, sing in chorus, sit-down strike, size, size up, skin, slack off, slack up, slack-up, slacken, 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