1. [ verb ] examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
Synonyms: check_out look_into check_into go_over check_over suss_out check_up_on

"check the brakes" "Check out the engine"

Related terms: analyze watch checker
2. [ noun ] (writing,banking) a written order directing a bank to pay money
Synonyms: cheque bank_check

"he paid all his bills by check"

Related terms: draft paycheck blank_check certified_check giro cashier's_check bad_check medicare_check kite kite counter_check personal_check cheque
3. [ verb ] make an examination or investigation

"check into the rumor" "check the time of the class"

Related terms: examine screen countercheck breathalyze confirmation
4. [ verb ] be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
Synonyms: see insure assure see_to_it ensure ascertain control

"He verified that the valves were closed" "See that the curtains are closed" "control the quality of the product"

Related terms: verify cover control proofread cinch card spot-check cross-check double-check determine control
5. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms: hold control contain curb hold_in moderate

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Related terms: restrain restrict restrict suppress catch countercheck train bate thermostat deny mortify damp command moderation
6. [ noun ] an appraisal of the state of affairs
Synonyms: test assay

"they made an assay of the contents" "a check on its dependability under stress"

Related terms: appraisal diagnostic_assay biopsy bioassay stress_test paternity_test Pap_test countercheck Snellen_test pregnancy_test skin_test Apgar_score
7. [ noun ] (writing,business) the bill in a restaurant
Synonyms: tab chit

"he asked the waiter for the check"

Related terms: bill
8. [ noun ] additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
Synonyms: confirmation verification substantiation

"fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

Related terms: proof checksum parity_check bed_check crosscheck confirm verify confirm
9. [ noun ] the act of inspecting or verifying
Synonyms: checkout check-out_procedure

"they made a check of their equipment" "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"

Related terms: examination inspection spot_check see
10. [ noun ] the state of inactivity following an interruption
Synonyms: halt stop stay hitch stoppage arrest

"the negotiations were in arrest" "held them in check" "during the halt he got some lunch" "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow" "he spent the entire stop in his seat"

Related terms: inaction deadlock logjam countercheck halt break
11. [ verb ] slow the growth or development of
Synonyms: delay retard

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Related terms: change stay dampen delay retardation
12. [ verb ] stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

"She checked for an instant and missed a step"

Related terms: stop arrest
13. [ noun ] the act of stopping (usually stopping motion)
Synonyms: stay arrest

"the heart was in arrest" "war caused a check in the company's growth" "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"

Related terms: act stop obstruction stop sojourn crosscheck poke_check ice_hockey stay stay
14. [ verb ] put a check mark on or next to
Synonyms: mark mark_off tick_off tick check_off

"Please check each name on the list" "tick off the items"

Related terms: verify receipt see
15. [ verb ] train by instruction and practice; esp. to teach self-control
Synonyms: train discipline condition

"Parents must discipline their children" "Is this dog trained?"

Related terms: develop mortify prepare discipline trainee
16. [ verb ] be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
Synonyms: match correspond fit agree gibe tally jibe

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

Related terms: disagree equal resemble harmonize meet accede parallel correlate coincide corroborate conform_to befit align square pattern answer consist rhyme overlap look twin homologize harmonize agreement match
17. [ verb ] be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
Synonyms: check_out

"These stories don't check!"

Related terms: match
18. [ verb ] (ice hockey) block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
Related terms: obstruct arrest
19. [ verb ] consign for shipment on a vehicle, as of luggage

"check your luggage before boarding"

Related terms: consign
20. [ noun ] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Synonyms: deterrent handicap impediment balk baulk hindrance
Related terms: difficulty obstacle drag albatross straitjacket bind obstruct handicap
21. [ verb ] censure severely or angrily
Synonyms: chide scold rebuke berate lecture lambast call_down lambaste trounce bawl_out reprimand remonstrate chew_out jaw chew_up have_words dress_down call_on_the_carpet reproof rag

"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car" "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" "check" is archaic

Related terms: criticize chastize tell_off rebuke lecture chiding
22. [ verb ] verify by consulting a source or authority

"check the spelling of this word" "check your facts"

Related terms: verify see
23. [ verb ] (writing) write out a check on a bank account
Related terms: write_out
24. [ verb ] find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
Synonyms: see find_out ascertain watch learn determine

"I want to see whether she speaks French" "See whether it works" "find out if he speaks Russian" "Check whether the train leaves on time"

Related terms: test determine see determination
25. [ noun ] a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
Synonyms: check_mark tick

"as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"

Related terms: mark
26. [ noun ] the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
Synonyms: curb bridle

"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

Related terms: restraint restrict discipline
27. [ verb ] hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Synonyms: hold_back stop arrest turn_back contain

"Arrest the downward trend" "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia" "Contain the rebel movement" "Turn back the tide of communism"

Related terms: defend cut_down containment
28. [ verb ] (chess) place into check in a game of chess

"He checked my kings"

Related terms: attack chess move
29. [ verb ] (games) decline to initiate betting, in poker
Related terms: move card_game
30. [ verb ] mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
Synonyms: chequer checker
Related terms: draw
31. [ verb ] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
Synonyms: crack break

"The glass cracked when it was heated"

Related terms: change crack crack fracture
32. [ noun ] a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
Synonyms: chip crack
Related terms: blemish nick
33. [ verb ] stop in a chase esp. when scent is lost

"The dog checked"

Related terms: stop
34. [ verb ] abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
Related terms: stop
35. [ verb ] hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping;

"Check your coat at the door"

Related terms: consign checker
36. [ verb ] arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

"He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

Related terms: stop stop stem arrest
37. [ verb ] make cracks or chinks in
Synonyms: chink

"The heat checked the paint"

Related terms: crack crack
38. [ noun ] (clothing) a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

"she wore a skirt with checks"

Related terms: weave dog's-tooth_check
39. [ noun ] (sport,ice hockey) obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
Related terms: obstruction poke_check crosscheck ice_hockey
40. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 17833
41. [ noun ] (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
Related terms: chess_move discovered_check chess
Similar spelling:   chick