- (US) an order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity
- I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.
- Spelling variant: cheque
- (US) a mark like a v or sometimes x used as an indicator. Equivalent of a (UK) tick; also, a checkmark: √
- Place a check by the things you have done.
- (usually plural) a pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern
- The tablecloth had red and white checks.
- a bill, particularly at a restaurant
- I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.
- a control; a limit or stop
- checks and balances
- an inspection; examination
- I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.
- (chess) The situation in which the king is directly threatened by an enemy piece.
- to inspect; to examine
Etymology: From Persian ÚÙ (Chek) (in the first meaning).
- Check the oil in your car once a month.
- Check whether this page has a watermark.
- to mark with a checkmark
- Check the correct answer to each question.
- to control, limit, or halt
- Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.
- to verify or compare with a source of information
- Check your data against known values.
- to leave in safekeeping
- Check your hat and coat at the door.
- to leave with shipping agent for shipping
- Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.
- to physically remove a person from play
- The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck
- (poker) to remain in the 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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