Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Check
  1. the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
  2. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent''s king
  3. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
  4. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
  5. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
  6. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
  7. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  8. an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
  9. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
  10. the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"
  11. 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"
  12. a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"
  13. 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"
  14. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
  15. make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
  16. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
  17. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child''s language development"
  18. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
  19. put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"
  20. 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"
  21. verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
  22. 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"
  23. write out a check on a bank account
  24. place into check; "He checked my kings"
  25. 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"
  26. decline to initiate betting
  27. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
  28. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
  29. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
  30. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
  31. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"
  32. consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"
  33. 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"
  34. make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
  35. train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"
  36. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
  37. 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"
  38. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don''t check!"
Similar Words: checkout, check-out procedure, bridle, curb, chip, hindrance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, assay, confirmation, verification, substantiation, chit, tab, check mark, tick, bank check, cheque, arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage, crack, break, chink, retard, delay, check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure, determine, find out, watch, learn, turn back, contain, hold back, checker, chequer, hold in, hold, moderate, discipline, train, condition, match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally, agree


Hyponyms: spot check, discovered check, crosscheck, poke check, houndstooth check, hound's-tooth check, dogstooth check, dogs-tooth check, dog's-tooth check, albatross, millstone, bind, drag, obstacle, obstruction, straitjacket, countercheck, double check, Apgar score, paternity test, stress test, bed check, parity check, redundant check, odd-even check, checksum, bad check, bad cheque, kite, counter check, giro, giro cheque, paycheck, payroll check, certified check, certified cheque, personal check, personal cheque, cashier's check, treasurer's check, cashier's cheque, treasurer's cheque, blank check, blank cheque, medicare check, medicare payment, logjam, crack, stem, stanch, staunch, halt, dampen, stay, detain, delay, watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on, receipt, proofread, proof, control, double-check, cross-check, cinch, card, spot-check, cover, test, cut down, cut out, restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle, suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb, damp, mortify, cricify, deny, abnegate, train, catch, bate, thermostat, counteract, screen, breathalyze, breathalyse, consist, look, answer, coincide, align, correlate, parallel, twin, duplicate, square, corroborate, underpin, bear out, support, resemble, meet, fit, conform to, homologize, befit, suit, beseem, harmonize, harmonise, consort, accord, concord, fit in, agree, pattern, adhere, rhyme, rime


Grouped Verbs: chink, crack, break, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick, check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into, see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure, determine, find out, watch, learn, verify, find, prepare, groom, train, harmonize, harmonise, consort, accord, concord, fit in, agree, match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally


Entailments: move, go


Part Meronyms: ice hockey, hockey, hockey game


Derivational Morphology: check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into, determine, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn, insure, see to it, ensure, control, assure, restrict, curtail, curb, cut back, hold in, hold, contain, moderate, discipline, train, condition, checker, chequer, nick, chip, chink, crack, break, handicap, hinder, hamper, impede, deter, discourage, obstruct, blockade, block, stymie, stymy, embarrass, confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm, verify, reassert, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick, cheque, hold on, stop, halt, arrest, fracture, hitch, stay, stoppage, delay, time lag, postponement, wait, holdup, idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retard, retardation, mental retardation, backwardness, slowness, subnormality, checkout, check-out procedure, assay, check mark, confirmation, verification, substantiation, determination, finding, bank check, containment, catch, moderation, moderateness, bridle, command, mastery, conditioner, trainee, agreement, correspondence, match, mate


Anagrams: cheek


Language Translations:
Dutch: cheque and rekening and schaak   Estonian: tuli  
Finnish: lasku and sekki and shakki   French: addition and échec and chèque  
German: Rechnung and Schach and Scheck   Indonesian: bon and cek and skak  
Italian: assegno and conto and scacco   Kurdish: çek  
Polish: czek and rachunek and szach   Portuguese: cheque and xeque  
Romanian: şah   Russian: счёт and чек and шах  
Slovak: účet and šach and šek   Slovene: račun and šah and ček  
Spanish: cheque and cuenta and jaque   Swedish: check and nota and schack  
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