Definition of Check

1. Noun. A written order directing a bank to pay money. "He paid all his bills by check"

2. Verb. Examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition. "They won't check the story "; "Check out the engine"
Exact synonyms: Check Into, Check Out, Check Over, Check Up On, Go Over, Look Into, Suss Out
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
Related verbs: Check Off, Mark, Mark Off, Tick, Tick Off
Specialized synonyms: Follow, Keep An Eye On, Observe, Watch, Watch Over
Derivative terms: Checker, Checkout

3. Noun. An appraisal of the state of affairs. "A check on its dependability under stress"
Exact synonyms: Assay
Generic synonyms: Appraisal, Assessment
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Double Check, Apgar Score, Paternity Test, Stress Test

4. Verb. Make an examination or investigation. "They won't check the story "; "Check the time of the class"
Generic synonyms: Examine, See
Specialized synonyms: Screen, Test, Countercheck, Breathalyse, Breathalyze

5. Noun. The bill in a restaurant. "He asked the waiter for the check"
Exact synonyms: Chit, Tab
Generic synonyms: Account, Bill, Invoice

6. Verb. Be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something. "Control the quality of the product"

7. Noun. The state of inactivity following an interruption. "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Halt, Hitch, Stay, Stop, Stoppage
Generic synonyms: Inaction, Inactiveness, Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Logjam
Derivative terms: Halt, Halt, Stop, Stop

8. Verb. Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits. "Control your anger"

9. Noun. Additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct. "Fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

10. Verb. Stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution. "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop

11. Verb. Put a check mark on or near or next to. "Mark off the units"
Exact synonyms: Check Off, Mark, Mark Off, Tick, Tick Off
Related verbs: Check Into, Check Out, Check Over, Check Up On, Go Over, Look Into, Suss Out, Ascertain, Assure, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It
Specialized synonyms: Receipt
Generic synonyms: Verify

12. Noun. The act of inspecting or verifying. "The pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
Exact synonyms: Check-out Procedure, Checkout
Specialized synonyms: Spot Check
Generic synonyms: Inspection, Review
Derivative terms: Check Out

13. Verb. Slow the growth or development of. "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
Exact synonyms: Delay, Retard
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Dampen, Delay, Detain, Stay
Derivative terms: Delay, Delay, Retard, Retardation

14. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Check Mark, Tick
Generic synonyms: Mark

15. Verb. Be verified or confirmed; pass inspection. "They won't check the story "; "These stories don't check!"
Exact synonyms: Check Out
Related verbs: Agree, Correspond, Fit, Gibe, Jibe, Match, Tally

16. Noun. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.

17. Verb. Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics. "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

18. Noun. A mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something.
Exact synonyms: Chip
Generic synonyms: Blemish, Defect, Mar
Derivative terms: Chip

19. Verb. Block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey. "The fighter managed to check his opponent"

20. Noun. A textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard). ; "She wore a skirt with checks"

21. Verb. Develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control. "Is this dog trained?"
Exact synonyms: Condition, Discipline, Train
Generic synonyms: Develop, Make Grow
Specialized synonyms: Mortify
Related verbs: Groom, Prepare, Train
Derivative terms: Conditioner, Discipline, Trainee

22. Noun. The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess. "His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
Exact synonyms: Bridle, Curb
Generic synonyms: Restraint
Derivative terms: Curb, Curb

23. Verb. Consign for shipment on a vehicle. "Check your luggage before boarding"
Generic synonyms: Charge, Consign

24. Noun. Obstructing an opponent in ice hockey.
Group relationships: Hockey, Hockey Game, Ice Hockey
Generic synonyms: Obstruction
Specialized synonyms: Crosscheck, Poke Check

25. Noun. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king.
Generic synonyms: Chess Move
Specialized synonyms: Discovered Check
Category relationships: Chess, Chess Game

26. Verb. Hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping. "They check the cape "; "Check your coat at the door"
Generic synonyms: Charge, Consign
Derivative terms: Checker

27. Verb. Abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey.
Category relationships: Falconry
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop

28. Verb. Stop in a chase especially when scent is lost. "The dog checked"
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop

29. Verb. Mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on.
Exact synonyms: Checker, Chequer
Generic synonyms: Draw

30. Verb. Decline to initiate betting.
Category relationships: Card Game, Cards
Generic synonyms: Go, Move

31. Verb. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of. "Turn back the tide of communism"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Contain, Hold Back, Stop, Turn Back
Specialized synonyms: Cut Down, Cut Out
Generic synonyms: Defend
Derivative terms: Containment, Containment, Stop

32. Verb. Place into check. "He checked my kings"
Category relationships: Chess, Chess Game
Entails: Go, Move
Generic synonyms: Aggress, Attack

33. Verb. Write out a check on a bank account.
Generic synonyms: Cut, Issue, Make Out, Write Out

34. Verb. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort. "They check whether there was a traffic accident"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
Exact synonyms: Ascertain, Determine, Find Out, Learn, See, Watch
Related verbs: Ascertain, Assure, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It, Ascertain, Determine, Find, Find Out
Specialized synonyms: Test
Derivative terms: Ascertainable, Determination

35. Verb. Verify by consulting a source or authority. "Check your facts"
Related verbs: Ascertain, Assure, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It
Generic synonyms: Verify

36. Verb. Arrest the motion (of something) abruptly. "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
Specialized synonyms: Halt, Stanch, Staunch, Stem
Generic synonyms: Stop

37. Verb. Make cracks or chinks in. "The heat checked the paint"
Exact synonyms: Chink
Related verbs: Break, Crack
Generic synonyms: Crack
Derivative terms: Chink

38. Verb. Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only. "These glasses check easily"; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
Exact synonyms: Break, Crack
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Chink, Crack
Specialized synonyms: Crack
Derivative terms: Break, Breakable

Definition of Check

1. n. A word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move.

2. v. t. To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.

3. v. i. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.

4. a. Checkered; designed in checks.

Definition of Check

1. Noun. An inspection or examination. ¹

2. Noun. A control; a limit or stop. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) A mark (especially a checkmark: (unicode ?)) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick ''(UK)''. ¹

4. Noun. (American English) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque ''(UK, Canada)''. ¹

5. Noun. (American English) A bill, particularly in a restaurant. ¹

6. Noun. (chess) The situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece. ¹

7. Noun. (context: contact sports) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play. ¹

8. Noun. A token used instead of cash in gaming machines. ¹

9. Noun. A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood. ¹

10. Verb. To inspect; to examine. ¹

11. Verb. To mark with a checkmark. ¹

12. Verb. To control, limit, or halt. ¹

13. Verb. To verify or compare with a source of information. ¹

14. Verb. To leave in safekeeping. ¹

15. Verb. To leave with a shipping agent for shipping. ¹

16. Verb. (context: contact sports) To physically remove a person from play. ¹

17. Verb. (poker) To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet. ¹

18. Noun. (textiles usually pluralized) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern. ¹

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Definition of Check

1. to inspect [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: inspect

Lexicographical Neighbors of Check

chebulic acid
check (current term)
check-out procedure

Literary usage of Check

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1910)
"And the evidence offered as aforesaid, with said check, was admitted by the court, ... They also prayed the court to instruct the jury, that the check ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"In a prosecution for forgery under an indictment in two counts, the first setting out an indorsed check and the second an ..."

3. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1907)
"They might indeed safely tolerate a king in a few excesses ; for they had in reserve a check which soon brought the fiercest and proudest king to reason, ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1905)
"check 1112. Wickersham Printing Co.— National Formulary $13 55 Proceedings 22 43 98 2o. ... check 1117. William Mittelbach, Committee on Membership 35 ..."

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