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Meaning & Definition of Check in English

English

Check

/ʧɛk/

noun

1. A written order directing a bank to pay money

  • "He paid all his bills by check"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • assay
  • ,
  • check

3. The bill in a restaurant

  • "He asked the waiter for the check"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • arrest
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • confirmation
  • ,
  • verification
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • substantiation

6. The act of inspecting or verifying

  • "They made a check of their equipment"
  • "The pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • check mark
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • tick

8. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    synonym:
  • hindrance
  • ,
  • hinderance
  • ,
  • deterrent
  • ,
  • impediment
  • ,
  • balk
  • ,
  • baulk
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • handicap

9. A mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • chip

10. A textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

  • "She wore a skirt with checks"
    synonym:
  • check

11. The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

  • "His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    synonym:
  • bridle
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • curb

12. Obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

    synonym:
  • check

13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

    synonym:
  • check

verb

1. Examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

  • "Check the brakes"
  • "Check out the engine"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • check

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"
    synonym:
  • see
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • control
  • ,
  • hold in
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • contain
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • curb
  • ,
  • moderate

5. Stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

  • "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
    synonym:
  • check

6. Put a check mark on or near or next to

  • "Please check each name on the list"
  • "Tick off the items"
  • "Mark off the units"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • retard
  • ,
  • delay

8. Be verified or confirmed

  • Pass inspection
  • "These stories don't check!"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • match
  • ,
  • fit
  • ,
  • correspond
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • jibe
  • ,
  • gibe
  • ,
  • tally
  • ,
  • agree

10. Block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

    synonym:
  • check

11. Develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice

  • Especially to teach self-control
  • "Parents must discipline their children"
  • "Is this dog trained?"
    synonym:
  • discipline
  • ,
  • train
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • condition

12. Consign for shipment on a vehicle

  • "Check your luggage before boarding"
    synonym:
  • check

13. Hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

  • "Check your coat at the door"
    synonym:
  • check

14. Abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

    synonym:
  • check

15. Stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

  • "The dog checked"
    synonym:
  • check

16. Mark into squares or draw squares on

  • Draw crossed lines on
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • checker
  • ,
  • chequer

17. Decline to initiate betting

    synonym:
  • check

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 south east asia"
  • "Contain the rebel movement"
  • "Turn back the tide of communism"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • turn back
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • contain
  • ,
  • hold back

19. Place into check

  • "He checked my kings"
    synonym:
  • check

20. Write out a check on a bank account

    synonym:
  • check

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"
    synonym:
  • determine
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • find out
  • ,
  • see
  • ,
  • ascertain
  • ,
  • watch
  • ,
  • learn

22. Verify by consulting a source or authority

  • "Check the spelling of this word"
  • "Check your facts"
    synonym:
  • check

23. Arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

  • "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
    synonym:
  • check

24. Make cracks or chinks in

  • "The heat checked the paint"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • chink

25. Become fractured

  • Break or crack on the surface only
  • "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    synonym:
  • crack
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • break

Examples of using

I knew that you would check this sentence very carefully.
Tom's boss was a pedantic micro manager, who had to check every single thing Tom did.
Have you made out the check yet?