(noun, verb)


1. a written order directing a bank to pay money

- he paid all his bills by check

Similar word(s): cheque

Definition categories: possession, draft

2. an appraisal of the state of affairs

- a check on its dependability under stress

Similar word(s): assay

Definition categories: thought, appraisal, assessment

3. the bill in a restaurant

- he asked the waiter for the check

Similar word(s): chit, tab

Definition categories: communication, account, bill, invoice

4. the state of inactivity following an interruption

- held them in check

Similar word(s): arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage

Definition categories: state, inaction, inactivity

5. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

Similar word(s): confirmation, substantiation, verification

Definition categories: thought, proof

6. the act of inspecting or verifying

- they made a check of their equipment

- the pilot ran through the check-out procedure

Similar word(s): checkout

Definition categories: act, inspection, review

7. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

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

Similar word(s): tick

Definition categories: communication, mark

8. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Similar word(s): balk, baulk, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Definition categories: thought, difficulty

9. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

Similar word(s): chip

Definition categories: attribute, blemish, defect, mar

10. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

- she wore a skirt with checks

Definition categories: man–made, weave

11. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

Similar word(s): bridle, curb

Definition categories: act, restraint

12. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

Definition categories: act, obstruction

13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

Definition categories: act

Sentences with check as a noun:

- I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.

- checks and balances

- The castle moat should hold the enemy in check.

- Place a check by the things you have done.

- I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.

- I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.

- The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck.

- a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad

- The tablecloth had red and white checks.


1. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

- check the brakes

- Check out the engine

Definition categories: cognition, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine, study

2. make an examination or investigation

- check into the rumor

- check the time of the class

Definition categories: social, examine, see

3. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

Similar word(s): ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see

Definition categories: cognition, verify

4. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

Similar word(s): contain, control, curb, hold, moderate

Definition categories: social, keep, restrain

5. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

- She checked for an instant and missed a step

Definition categories: motion, halt, stop

6. put a check mark on or near or next to

- Please check each name on the list

Similar word(s): mark, tick

Definition categories: cognition, verify

7. slow the growth or development of

Similar word(s): delay

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

8. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection

- These stories don't check!

Definition categories: stative

9. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

- The handwriting checks with the signature on the check

Similar word(s): agree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

Definition categories: stative, be, equal

10. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

Definition categories: social, block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy

11. develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

Similar word(s): condition, discipline, train

Definition categories: social, develop

12. consign for shipment on a vehicle

- check your luggage before boarding

Definition categories: possession, charge, consign

13. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

- Check your coat at the door

Definition categories: possession, charge, consign

14. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

Definition categories: motion, halt, stop

15. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

- The dog checked

Definition categories: motion, halt, stop

16. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on

Similar word(s): checker, chequer

Definition categories: creation, draw

17. decline to initiate betting

Definition categories: competition, go, move

18. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

- Check the growth of communism in South East Asia

Similar word(s): arrest, contain, stop

Definition categories: competition, defend

19. place into check

- He checked my kings

Definition categories: competition, aggress, attack

20. write out a check on a bank account

Definition categories: communication, cut, issue

21. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

- Check whether the train leaves on time

Similar word(s): ascertain, determine, learn, see, watch

Definition categories: communication

22. verify by consulting a source or authority

- check the spelling of this word

- check your facts

Definition categories: cognition, verify

23. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

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

Definition categories: change, stop

24. make cracks or chinks in

- The heat checked the paint

Definition categories: change, crack

25. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

Similar word(s): break, crack

Definition categories: change

Sentences with check as a verb:

- Check the oil in your car once a month.

- Check whether this page has a watermark.

- Check the correct answer to each question.

- Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.

- Check your data against known values.

- Check your hat and coat at the door.

- Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.

- He checked the ball and then proceeded to perform a perfect layup.

- That basket doesn't count—you forgot to check!

- The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck.

- Tom didn't think he could win, so he checked.

- The sun checks timber.