check Definition

  • 1to examine something in order to determine its accuracy, quality, or condition
  • 2a written order directing a bank to pay money
  • 3a pattern of squares or rectangles that alternate in color

Using check: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "check" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to check my email before I leave.

  • Example

    The mechanic checked the car's brakes.

  • Example

    Can you write me a check for the amount owed?

  • Example

    I love the check pattern on that shirt.

check Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using check

  • check someone/something out

    to look at or investigate someone or something


    I heard about a new restaurant downtown. Let's check it out this weekend.

  • a move in chess that puts the opposing king in a position of being taken


    He won the game with a checkmate in three moves.

  • under control or restrained


    The company's spending is now in check thanks to the new budget.

Phrases with check

  • to arrive and register at a hotel, airport, or event


    We need to check in at the hotel before we go sightseeing.

  • to leave a hotel, hospital, or other place where you have been staying


    We need to check out of the hotel by noon.

  • double-check

    to check something again in order to be completely sure


    I always double-check my work before submitting it.

Origins of check

from Old French 'eschec', meaning 'a check or move in chess that puts the king in danger of capture'


Summary: check in Brief

The term 'check' [tสƒek] refers to examining something for accuracy, quality, or condition. It can also mean a written order for payment or a pattern of squares or rectangles. Examples include 'I need to check my email before I leave,' and 'Can you write me a check for the amount owed?' Phrases like 'check in' and 'check out' refer to arriving and leaving a location, while idioms like 'checkmate' and 'in check' have more specific meanings.

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