What is the meaning of check?

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  • A written order directing a bank to pay money.
    • usage: "he paid all his bills by check"
  • An appraisal of the state of affairs.
    • usage: "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
  • The bill in a restaurant.
    • usage: "he asked the waiter for the check"
  • The state of inactivity following an interruption.
    • usage: "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"
  • Additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct.
    • usage: "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
  • The act of inspecting or verifying.
    • usage: "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
  • A mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc..
    • usage: "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"
  • Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.
  • A mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something.
  • A textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard. )
    • usage: "she wore a skirt with checks"
  • The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess.
    • usage: "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
  • Obstructing an opponent in ice hockey.
  • Chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king. (


  • Examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition.
    • usage: "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
  • Make an examination or investigation.
    • usage: "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
  • Be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something.
    • usage: "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
  • Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.
    • usage: "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
  • Stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution.
    • usage: "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
  • Put a check mark on or near or next to.
    • usage: "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"
  • Slow the growth or development of.
    • usage: "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
  • Be verified or confirmed; pass inspection.
    • usage: "These stories don't check"
  • Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics.
    • usage: "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"
  • Block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey.
  • Develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control.
    • usage: "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained"
  • Consign for shipment on a vehicle.
    • usage: "check your luggage before boarding"
  • Hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping.
    • usage: "Check your coat at the door"
  • Abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey.
  • Stop in a chase especially when scent is lost.
    • usage: "The dog checked"
  • Mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on.
  • Decline to initiate betting.
  • Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
    • usage: "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
  • Place into check.
    • usage: "He checked my kings"
  • Write out a check on a bank account.
  • Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort.
    • usage: "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"
  • Verify by consulting a source or authority.
    • usage: "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
  • Arrest the motion (of something) abruptly.
    • usage: "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
  • Make cracks or chinks in.
    • usage: "The heat checked the paint"
  • Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only.
    • usage: "The glass cracked when it was heated"
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APAWordNet. (2010). check. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/check/definitions/1189187
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "check" http://smartdefine.org/check/definitions/1189187 (accessed September 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, check, Smart Define, viewed 24 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/check/definitions/1189187>.
MLAWordNet. "check" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/check/definitions/1189187>
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