part of speech: noun
definition 1: a test or search to make sure that something is correct or in order.
- The stage crew ran a check of the sound system before the concert started.
synonyms: examination, inspection, test
definition 2: a written order to a bank to pay money from an account.
- I pay my bills by check.
definition 3: a bill for food and drink at a bar or restaurant.
definition 4: a design or pattern made up of small squares.
- She wore a dress of red and black checks.
definition 5: something that controls, holds back, or limits.
- The rule against loud noise in the neighborhood put a check on band practice.
synonyms: curb, rein
definition 6: the situation in chess in which the king is under attack by an opponent’s piece.
part of speech: verb
inflections: checks, checking, checked
definition 1: to look over to make sure of correctness; examine carefully.
- Would you check my paper to see if I have made any spelling mistakes?
synonyms: inspect, look over
definition 2: to put under someone’s care for a short time.
- We checked our bags at the desk while we walked around the train station.
definition 3: to look at (something) in order to get some specific information about it.
- My mom just checked the turkey, but it wasn’t done yet.
definition 4: to cause to stop suddenly.
- The rider checked his galloping horse.
antonyms: accelerate, release
definition 5: to put a mark next to in order to show that something is correct or has been done (often followed by “off”).
- Please check off the items on the grocery list after you have found them.
derivation: checkless (adj.)