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1check/ˈtʃɛk/verb
checkscheckedchecking
1check
/ˈtʃɛk/
verb
checkscheckedchecking
Learner's definition of CHECK  
: to look at (something) carefully to find mistakes, problems, etc., or to make sure there is nothing wrong with it
[+ object]
[no object]
— + for
: to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
[+ object]
[no object]
— often followed by to + verb
   b  : to look at or in (a place) in order to find or get something or someone
[+ object]
[no object]
   c  [+ object]  : to find out if you have any (mail, messages, etc.)
: to talk with someone in order to get approval, information, etc., about something
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] 
: to slow or stop (something or someone) from doing something
   b  hockey  : to stop or hit (an opponent) in order to steal the ball or puck, defend the goal, etc.
US [+ object] 
: to leave (something you own) with a worker at a restaurant, hotel, etc., who keeps it in a special area or room (called a checkroom) while you are there
   b  : to give (your bags, suitcases, etc.) to a worker so that they can be loaded onto a plane or train
   c  : to take (someone's bags, suitcases, etc.) to load them onto a plane or train
— see also check in 3 (below)
[+ object]US  : to mark (something) with a check (✓) to show that it has been done, approved, etc. — often + off
[no object]US, informal  : to be proven to be true, accurate, etc. — usually used in negative statements
— see also check out 2 (below)

check back

[phrasal verb]informal
: to return to a place, person, etc., in order to try something again or to get additional information

check in

[phrasal verb]
: to report to someone when you arrive at a place (such as an airport or convention) to let them know you are there
especially  : to arrive at and be given a room in a hotel, motel, etc.
— see also check-in
US, informal  : to talk with someone in order to report or find out new information — usually + with
check (something) in or check in (something)  : to leave or take bags, suitcases, etc., so that they can be loaded onto a plane or train

check into

[phrasal verb]
check into (something) 
: to arrive at and be given a room in (a hotel, motel, etc.)
: to look for information about (something) : to find out the truth about (something) by getting information

check off on

[phrasal verb]
check off on (something)US, informal 
: to give official approval for (something)

check on

[phrasal verb]
check on (someone or something) 
: to look at or examine (someone or something) to see if there are any problems
: to look for information about (someone or something) : to find out the truth about (someone or something) by getting information

check out

[phrasal verb]
: to leave and pay for your room at a hotel, motel, etc.
— see also checkout
   b  US, informal  : to die
US, informal 
: to be proven to be accurate, true, etc.
   b  check out (something) or check (something) out  : to find out if (something) is true
check out (something or someone) or check (something or someone) out 
: to look at (something or someone) in order to find problems, mistakes, etc.
   b  informal  : to look at (someone or something that is attractive or interesting) — often used in the phrase check it out to direct someone's attention to something
check out (something) or check (something) out 
: to borrow (something) from a library
   b  US  : to add up the cost of the goods that someone buys in a store (such as a supermarket) and accept payment for them
also  : to pay for the goods that you buy in a store
— see also checkout

check over

[phrasal verb]
check (something or someone) over or check over (something or someone) 
: to look at (something or someone) in a careful way to find problems, mistakes, etc.

check through

[phrasal verb]
check through (something) 
: to look at the parts of (a group of things)

check up on

[phrasal verb]
check up on (someone or something) 
: to find or look for information about (someone or something) often in order to find out the truth

— checkable

adjective
2check/ˈtʃɛk/noun
pluralchecks
2check
/ˈtʃɛk/
noun
pluralchecks
Learner's definition of CHECK  
[count]  : the act or process of looking at or examining something to find out information or see if there is anything wrong with it
[count] 
: something that stops or limits another thing — usually + on
— see also checks and balances
   b  hockey  : an act of hitting or stopping a player in order to steal the ball or puck, defend a goal, etc.
[count] 
UScheck or Britishcheque
: a piece of paper that is used to make a payment to someone using the money in a bank account
— compare money ordersee also blank check, traveler's check
[count]US  : a bill for the food and drinks that are served in a restaurant
[count]US  : a mark ✓ that is used to show that something (such as an item on a list) has been noted, done, etc.
— called also "US"check mark"chiefly British"tick
   b  informal  — used in speech to say that something has been noted, done, etc.
US [count] 
: a room in a restaurant, theater, etc., where you can leave something that you do not want to carry or wear
   b  : a ticket that is given to you when you leave something (such as a hat or a coat) that you will return for later
— see also rain check
[noncount]  : a situation in the game of chess in which a player's king can be captured on the opponent's next turn and must be protected or moved
— compare checkmate

cut a check

— see 1cut

in check

: under control — used with keep or hold
— compare 3check
3check/ˈtʃɛk/noun
pluralchecks
3check
/ˈtʃɛk/
noun
pluralchecks
Learner's definition of CHECK  
[count]
: a pattern of squares in different colors — often used before another noun
— compare 2check
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