Meaning of 'check'

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Meaning of ‘check’

32 definitions found.



the act of inspecting or verifying

Example: "they made a check of their equipment"

Synonyms: checkout


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


obstructing an opponent in ice hockey


the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

Synonyms: bridle


a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines, resembling a checkerboard

Example: "We wore skirts with checks."


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

Synonyms: chip


something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonyms: balk


an appraisal of the state of affairs

Synonyms: assay


additional proof that something that was believed is correct, such as some fact, hypothesis, or theory

Example: "We received a check once our report was analyzed."

Synonyms: substantiation confirmation verification


the bill in a restaurant

Example: "I asked the waiter for the check."

Synonyms: tab chit


a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed

Example: "As I called the role I put a check mark by each student's name."

Synonyms: tick check mark


a written order directing a bank to pay money

Example: "We paid all our bills by check."

Synonyms: bank check cheque


the state of inactivity following an interruption

Synonyms: halt arrest hitch stay stop stoppage


to make cracks or chinks in

Example: "The heat checked the paint."

Synonyms: chink


to arrest the motion of something abruptly

Example: "I checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve."


to slow the growth or development of

Example: "Our largest competitor checked our growth locally when they opened up across the street from us."

Synonyms: delay retard


to examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

Example: "check the brakes"

Synonyms: go over check up on look into check out suss out check over check into


to put a check mark on or near or next to

Example: "Please check each name on the list"

Synonyms: mark


to verify by consulting a source or authority

Example: "I checked your documents and they seem fine."


to find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Example: "I'll check on your flights."

Synonyms: watch see learn find out ascertain determine


to place into check

Example: "With a move of their pawn, they checked my king."


to hold back, as of a danger or an enemy

Example: "We should check the influence of our enemy's ideology."

Synonyms: arrest


to decline to initiate betting

Example: "I checked my hand."


to stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

Example: "They repeatedly checked their watch while waiting for the train."


to stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

Example: "The dog checked."


to abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey


to hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

Example: "You can check your coat over there."


to consign for shipment on a vehicle

Example: "Check your luggage before boarding."


to lessen the intensity of

Example: "The medication checked my back pain."

Synonyms: moderate control hold contain hold in


to make an examination or investigation

Example: "Check into the rumor."


to block or impede a player from the opposing team in ice hockey

Example: "I was checked so hard I came out of my skates."


to be verified or confirmed

Synonyms: check out

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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