checks; checked; checking
checks; checked; checking
Learner's definition of CHECK
1 : to look at (something) carefully to find mistakes, problems, etc., or to make sure there is nothing wrong with it
Make sure to check your spelling.
She checked her makeup in the mirror.
We should check the equipment to make sure that it's working properly.
I checked the tires for wear. [=to see if they are worn down/out]
The guards checked my passport.
[no object] — + for
2 a : to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
He checked his watch and saw that it was almost noon.
I'll just check the map to see where we are.
I'll check the newspaper to see when the movie starts.
— often followed by to + verb b : to look at or in (a place) in order to find or get something or someone
We were out of milk last time I checked. [=looked]
“Do you have these shoes in a larger size?” “I don't know. Let me check.” [=take a look]
I think the door is locked, but I'll have to check (to be sure).
[no object] c [+ object] : to find out if you have any (mail, messages, etc.)
Did you check the mail yet today?
She checked [=listened to] her phone messages when she got home.
He logged on and checked [=read] his e-mail.
3 : to talk with someone in order to get approval, information, etc., about something
4 a : 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]
5 a : 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)
6 [+ object], US : to mark (something) with a check (✓) to show that it has been done, approved, etc. — often + off 7 [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
We are not hiring today, but check back next month.
I'll check back with you [=talk to you again] in about a week.
check in[phrasal verb]
1 : 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. 2 US, informal : to talk with someone in order to report or find out new information — usually + with 3 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)
1 : to arrive at and be given a room in (a hotel, motel, etc.) 2 : to look for information about (something) : to find out the truth about (something) by getting information
The police are checking into [=checking on, checking up on] his activities. [=the police are investigating his activities]
A problem like that should really be checked into carefully.
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)
1 : to look at or examine (someone or something) to see if there are any problems 2 : to look for information about (someone or something) : to find out the truth about (someone or something) by getting information
check out[phrasal verb]
1 a : to leave and pay for your room at a hotel, motel, etc. b US, informal : to die
2 a : to be proven to be accurate, true, etc.
b check out (something) or check (something) out : to find out if (something) is true
I didn't believe her at first, but her story checked out.
The description checked out when we compared it with the photograph. [=we saw that the description was accurate when we compared it with the photograph]
check out (something or someone) or check (something or someone) out
3 a : 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)
We carefully checked out the car for defects.
He had problems with his computer and asked the technician to check it out.
He needs to get checked out by a doctor.
— often used in the phrase check it out to direct someone's attention to something
When she walked into the room, all the guys were checking her out.
Just check out his new car!
We're going to the mall to check out that new clothing store.
check out (something) or check (something) out
4 a : 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
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.
checking the new cars over
The doctors checked him over for bruises.
Be sure to check over each item on the list for any mistakes.
She checked herself over [=she looked at herself carefully] in the mirror before going to the party.
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
Learner's definition of CHECK
1 [count] : the act or process of looking at or examining something to find out information or see if there is anything wrong with it
Please give the schedule a check to see if the times are correct.
I gave the ingredients list a quick check to see if the cereal contained any sugar.
She ran/did a quick check of the computer to make sure it was working properly.
They did a sound check [=tested the sound equipment] before the concert.
All government employees are subject to a security check. [=all government employees are investigated to see if they can be trusted]
You should keep a close check on your blood pressure. [=you should watch your blood pressure closely]
The police ran a check on the license plate and found out that the car had been stolen.
2 a : something that stops or limits another thing — usually + on
b hockey : an act of hitting or stopping a player in order to steal the ball or puck, defend a goal, etc.
a system that acts/serves as a check on the governor's power [=a system that limits the governor's power]
The store hired a guard to put a check on shoplifting. [=to reduce or stop shoplifting]
The government has lowered interest rates in an attempt to put a check on inflation.
UScheck or Britishcheque : a piece of paper that is used to make a payment to someone using the money in a bank account
He made out the check to me and signed it, and I deposited it in my account.
Do you want to pay in cash, by check, or by credit card?
write/cash/draw a check
4 [count], US : a bill for the food and drinks that are served in a restaurant 5 a [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.
“So you'll be here at 6 o'clock on the dot.” “Check.” [=yes, I will be here at 6 o'clock]
“Do you have the camera?” “Check.” “The umbrella?” “Check.”
6 a : 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
He left his coat at the coat check. [=checkroom, coatroom, (chiefly Brit) cloakroom]
a hat check
When she was younger she worked as a coat-check/hat-check girl. [=a woman whose job is to take and return the things that people leave in a checkroom]
7 [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
: under control — used with keep or hold
Learner's definition of CHECK
: a pattern of squares in different colors — often used before another noun
a check [=checked, checkered] fabric
a tablecloth with a check [=checked, checkered] pattern