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Meaning of check by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: chĕk, IPA: /tʃɛk/, X-SAMPA: /tSEk/
    • Rhymes: -ɛk
    • Homophone: cheque, Czech

    Etymology 1

    From Old French eschec, from Medieval Latin scacus, from Arabic صکّ ( ṣakk ), from Persian چک ( chak, “letter of credit” ), from شاه ( šāh, “king” ) .


    check ( plural: checks )

    1. An inspection or examination .
      I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check .
    2. A control; a limit or stop .
      checks and balances
    3. ( US ) A mark ( especially a checkmark: ✓ ) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick ( UK ) .
      Place a check by the things you have done .
    4. ( US ) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque ( UK, Canada ) .
      I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount .
    5. ( US ) A bill, particularly in a restaurant .
      I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave .
    6. ( chess ) The situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece .
    7. ( contact sports ) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play .
      The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck .
    8. A token used instead of cash in gaming machines.
    9. A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood .


    check ( third-person singular simple present checks present participle checking, simple past and past participle checked )

    1. To inspect; to examine .
      Check the oil in your car once a month .
      Check whether this page has a watermark .
    2. To mark with a checkmark .
      Check the correct answer to each question .
    3. To control, limit, or halt .
      Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation .
    4. To verify or compare with a source of information .
      Check your data against known values .
    5. To leave in safekeeping .
      Check your hat and coat at the door .
    6. To leave with a shipping agent for shipping .
      Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight .
    7. ( contact sports ) To physically remove a person from play .
      The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck .
    8. ( poker ) To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet .
      Tom did not think he could win, so he checked .
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    Etymology 2

    By shortening from checker, from Old French eschequier ( “chessboard” ), from Medieval Latin scaccarium, ultimately from the same Persian root as above .


    check ( plural: checks )

    1. ( textiles, usually pluralized ) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern .
      The tablecloth had red and white checks .

    See also

    • "Cheque" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004 .
    • 'Check' at EtymOnline

Explanation of check by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. become fractured

    2. make cracks or chinks in

    3. The heat checked the paint
    4. arrest the motion ( of something ) abruptly

    5. He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve
    6. slow the growth or development of

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

    8. check the brakes
      check out the engine
    9. put a check mark on or near or next to

    10. Please check each name on the list
    11. be careful or certain to do something

    12. verify by consulting a source or authority

    13. check the spelling of this word
      check your facts
    14. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    15. Check whether the train leaves on time
    16. write out a check on a bank account

    17. place into check

    18. He checked my kings
    19. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy

    20. Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    21. decline to initiate betting

    22. mark into squares or draw squares on

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

    24. She checked for an instant and missed a step
    25. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

    26. The dog checked
    27. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

    28. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

    29. Check your coat at the door
    30. consign for shipment on a vehicle

    31. check your luggage before boarding
    32. lessen the intensity of

    33. make an examination or investigation

    34. check into the rumor
      check the time of the class
    35. develop ( children's ) behavior by instruction and practice

    36. block or impede ( a player from the opposing team ) in ice hockey

    37. be compatible, similar or consistent

    38. The handwriting checks with the signature on the check
    39. be verified or confirmed

    40. These stories don't check!
    1. the act of inspecting or verifying

    2. they made a check of their equipment
      the pilot ran through the check-out procedure
    3. a direct attack on an opponent's king

    4. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

    5. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

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

    7. she wore a skirt with checks
    8. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

    9. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    10. an appraisal of the state of affairs

    11. a check on its dependability under stress
    12. additional proof that something that was believed ( some fact or hypothesis or theory ) is

      Definition of check by GCIDE Dictionary


      1. Check ( chĕk ), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. échec, a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. échecs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. shāh king. See Shah, and cf. Checkmate, Chess, Checker.]
        1. ( Chess ) 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. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, “to hold an enemy in check”.

        Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress of Christianity. Addison.

        No check, no stay, this streamlet fears. Wordsworth.

        3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.

        Useful check upon the administration of government. Washington.

        A man whom no check could abash. Macaulay.

        4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, “checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad”.

        5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.

        6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure.

        7. ( Falconry ) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.

        8. Small chick or crack.

        Bank check, a written order on a banker or broker to pay money in his keeping belonging to the signer. -- Check book, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a bank. -- Check hook, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a checkrein is looped. -- Check list, a list or catalogue by which things may be verified, or on which they may be checked. -- Check nut ( Mech. ), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the primary nut to secure it. Knight. -- Check valve ( Mech. ), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler, or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water or other fluid. -- To take check, to take offense. [Obs.] Dryden.

        Syn. -- Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction; reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff; tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.

      2. Check, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checked ( chĕkt ); p. pr. & vb. n. checking.]
        1. ( Chess ) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.

        2. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb. Hence, ( Ice Hockey ) To obstruct the motion of an opposing player by contacting him with one's body.

        So many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression. Burke.

        3. To verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against ( an item ) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy. Hence, To compare with an original or with some standard, to insure correctness; as, “to check an account; to check with a supervisor about procedures”.

        4. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.

        The good king, his master, will check him for it. Shak.

        5. ( Naut. ) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.

        6. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, “the sun checks timber”.

        7. To leave ( something ) in the temporary custody of another; as, “to check baggage; to check one's firearms at the door; to check one's coat at the cloakroom”.

        8. To accept ( something ) for temporary custody from another; as, “to check a customer's baggage; to check a customer's coat”.

        9. To make a checkered pattern upon.

        Syn. -- To restrain; curb; bridle; repress; control; hinder; impede; obstruct; interrupt; tally; rebuke; reprove; rebuff.

      3. Check ( chĕk ), v. i. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.

        The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, either is disabled for the future, or else checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after. Locke.

        2. To clash or interfere. [R.] Bacon.

        3. To act as a curb or restraint.

        It [his presence] checks too strong upon me. Dryden.

        4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.

        5. ( Falconry ) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.

        And like the haggard, check at every feather

        That comes before his eye. Shak.

      4. Check, a. Checkered; designed in checks.