[ UK /t‍ʃˈɛk/ ]
[ US /ˈtʃɛk/ ]
  1. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    The handwriting checks with the signature on the check
    The two stories don't agree in many details
    The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun
  2. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    He verified that the valves were closed
    control the quality of the product
    See that the curtains are closed
  3. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
  4. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
    The glass cracked when it was heated
  5. verify by consulting a source or authority
    check the spelling of this word
    check your facts
  6. make an examination or investigation
    check into the rumor
    check the time of the class
  7. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
    check the brakes
    Check out the engine
  8. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    Check whether the train leaves on time
    See whether it works
    I want to see whether she speaks French
    find out if he speaks Russian
  9. 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
  10. make cracks or chinks in
    The heat checked the paint
  11. decline to initiate betting
  12. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
  13. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
    Check your coat at the door
  14. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
    He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve
  15. place into check
    He checked my kings
  16. put a check mark on or near or next to
    mark off the units
    Please check each name on the list
    tick off the items
  17. develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
    Parents must discipline their children
    Is this dog trained?
  18. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
    The dog checked
  19. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    Turn back the tide of communism
    Arrest the downward trend
    Contain the rebel movement
  20. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    These stories don't check!
  21. consign for shipment on a vehicle
    check your luggage before boarding
  22. slow the growth or development of
    The brain damage will retard the child's language development
  23. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
    She checked for an instant and missed a step
  24. write out a check on a bank account
  25. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
  1. the bill in a restaurant
    he asked the waiter for the check
  2. a written order directing a bank to pay money
    he paid all his bills by check
  3. 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
  4. an appraisal of the state of affairs
    a check on its dependability under stress
    they made an assay of the contents
  5. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  6. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
  7. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
    she wore a skirt with checks
  8. the act of inspecting or verifying
    they made a check of their equipment
    the pilot ran through the check-out procedure
  9. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
  10. the state of inactivity following an interruption
    the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
    during the halt he got some lunch
    he spent the entire stop in his seat
    the negotiations were in arrest
    held them in check
  11. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
    his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper
  12. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
    fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory
  13. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
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How To Use check In A Sentence

  • Check from time to time that the liquid has not completely evaporated - there should be just enough left to make a bit of a sauce with.
  • Noel and Melva travel a great deal, allowing them to check out the marketplace, look at eating habits worldwide and find suitable equipment for the bakehouse.
  • I have been finding the BBC a bit vanilla of late and will check out Channel 4 news instead.
  • These will involve more rigorous checks on claimants to make sure their disability qualifies. The Sun
  • He had just received my check and was apoplectic with rage, declaring he never wanted to see or have anything to do with ‘that woman’ - meaning me - again.
  • He appealed to all householders to continually check their security arrangements.
  • With check-in times now prolonged because of security issues, traders are lapping up even more business as they tempt us with their trinkets and gewgaws.
  • Richard and I proceeded through the customs check to the Swissair counter.
  • Unless you're willing to bone up on the subject, you're better off to assess his technical ability by asking for references and checking them out.
  • I'd like to withdraw 1000 dollars from my savings account and put it in my check account.
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