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Definitions of check

  1. the state of inactivity following an interruption; " 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"
  2. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; " 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"
  3. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; " He verified that the valves were closed"; " See that the curtains are closed"; " control the quality of the product"
  4. an appraisal of the state of affairs; " they made an assay of the contents"; " a check on its dependability under stress"
  5. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  6. a written order directing a bank to pay money; " he paid all his bills by check"
  7. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; " his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
  8. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; " These stories don't check!"
  9. the act of inspecting or verifying; " they made a check of their equipment"; " the pilot ran through the check- out procedure"
  10. ( chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
  11. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
  12. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines ( resembling a checkerboard); " she wore a skirt with checks"
  13. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
  14. additional proof that something that was believed ( some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; " fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
  15. 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"
  16. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; " check the brakes"; " Check out the engine"
  17. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
  18. make cracks or chinks in; " The heat checked the paint"
  19. the bill in a restaurant; " he asked the waiter for the check"
  20. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; " moderate your alcohol intake"; " hold your tongue"; " hold your temper"; " control your anger"
  21. slow the growth or development of; " The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
  22. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; " The glass cracked when it was heated"
  23. arrest the motion ( of something) abruptly; " He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
  24. put a check mark on or next to; " Please check each name on the list"; " tick off the items"
  25. verify by consulting a source or authority; " check the spelling of this word"; " check your facts"
  26. write out a check on a bank account
  27. place into check; " He checked my kings"
  28. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; " Arrest the downward trend"; " Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; " Contain the rebel movement"; " Turn back the tide of communism"
  29. decline to initiate betting
  30. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; " She checked for an instant and missed a step"
  31. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; " The dog checked"
  32. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
  33. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; " Check your coat at the door"
  34. consign for shipment on a vehicle; " check your luggage before boarding"
  35. make an examination or investigation; " check into the rumor"; " check the time of the class"
  36. train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self- control; " Parents must discipline their children"; " Is this dog trained?"
  37. block or impede ( a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
  38. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; " 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"
  39. To stop.
  40. A word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move.
  41. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
  42. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.
  43. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad.
  44. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.
  45. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure.
  46. The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
  47. Small chick or crack.
  48. To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.
  49. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb.
  50. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
  51. To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
  52. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber.
  53. To clash or interfere.
  54. To act as a curb or restraint.
  55. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
  56. To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
  57. Checkered; designed in checks.
  58. To make a stop; to pause; - with at.
  59. A restraint; a reproof; a pass, ticket, or token; a pattern woven in alternate squares; an order on a bank for money; in chess, a word signifying an attack on the king; a setback; a mark signifying that something has been examined or verifled.
  60. To restrain; stop; reprove; to examine by comparison, or mark as having been examined or verified; in chess, to put ( a king) in danger; to mark in small squares.
  61. 1. To arrest or slow the course of anything, as of a disease. 2. To compare or review in order to ensure accuracy.
  62. To bring to a stand: to restrain or hinder: to rebuke.
  63. A term in chess when one party obliges the other either to move or guard his king: anything that checks: a sudden stop: in B., a rebuke.
  64. A term in chess; restraint; mark of verification; order for money; a checkered fabric.
  65. Side of the face.
  66. To restrain; hinder; to mark with a check.
  67. To restrain sharply; stop; curb.
  68. To mark or provide with a check.
  69. To put in check, as in chess.
  70. A checking, or something that checks.
  71. A written order for money; a tag; a mark for verification.
  72. A checkered pattern.
  73. In chess, a menace to the king.
  74. Chequered.
  75. Stop; restraint; he or that which checks; reproof or reprimand; a mark put against names in going over a list; something corresponding to compare with; an order for money, now usually written cheque; a token serving for identification; a checkered cloth; a term in chess, when one party obliges the other either to move his king or guard it; a term used when a hawk forsakes her proper game to follow rooks, & c. that cross her in her flight. Check, or check- roll, a roll or book containing the names of persons who are the attendants and in the pay of a sovereign or great personage. Clerk of the check, a person in the royal household who has the control of the yeomen of the guard; an officer who keeps account of the men in a naval dockyard.
  76. To stop; to restrain; to chide or reprove; to test accuracy by comparison with some duplicate; to mark as having been examined; to put in check; to ease off a little of a rope which is too stilly extended; to stopper the cable.
  77. Stop; restraint; continued restraint; curb; that which stops or controls; a term in chess; a pass, ticket, or token; cloth woven in squares of different colours.
  78. To stop; to restrain; to moderate; to chide or reprove; to control; to compare and examine papers or accounts to ascertain their accuracy.
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Quotes of check

  1. When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour. – Piers Anthony
  2. Obviously, you check tht she's safe, she's clean, got all the fingers and toes, like that's going to help them through life. It'll help them walk, but you can't pull them out and check their IQ or anything. – Matthew Ashford
  3. Fame is only good for one thing- they will cash your check in a small town. – Truman Capote
  4. I said, 'Okay, it's the year 2000, I'm getting a computer and a Palm Pilot.' I know how to check my e -mail, and I've listed some phone numbers on it. Half the time the battery has gone out so I can't use it. – Marc Jacobs
  5. On my income tax 1040 it says "Check this box if you are blind." I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away. – Tom Lehrer
  6. My husband came up to Hot Rocks to check up on me, why is still unknown to me because if I was to cheat on him it wouldn't be in a neighborhood bar where he knows I am. – Kim Mathers
  7. Looking in the mirror to check if my tie is straight is a waste of my time. I only look in the mirror once a day, and that's in the morning when I shave. – Lennart Meri
  8. I have very happy memories of fairy tales. My mother used to take me to the library in Toronto to check out the fairy tales. And she was an actress, so she used to act out for me the different characters in all these fairy tales. – Mike Myers
  9. Latinas' life expectancies are relatively long. When a current retiree hits 65 and begins receiving her benefit check she can expect to live another 22 years. That life expectancy is higher than white women or men. – Grace Napolitano
  10. If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check – Dan Quayle
  11. I learned that you can make a sci -fi film that is satisfying overseas. European people have everything in check I'd make every sci -fi film in Europe. They only work 14 hours a day. After that, it's overtime. – Michelle Rodriguez
  12. And occasionally some of the nations that will be partners in this would probably not be, in terms of passing a pure human rights check have everything going for them that you would like to have. – Hugh Shelton
  13. I do have odd habits. I check under my bed every night for the bogeyman. That's just a little thing, though. – Tori Spelling
  14. I don't listen to my own records a lot. Once in a while- to check out my mistakes. Because you can always see a spot or two in the record where you could have done better. So you more or less study this way. – Ben Webster

Usage examples for check

  1. He took his check book from his pocket. – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  2. Believe me I do appreciate your kindness, but I mustn't take the check – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  3. It would be easy enough to hold the girl in check with that letter. – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  4. " And to- morrow," cried Random, " I shall send the check sir." – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  5. The very look she will put on to check you will check you, you are so green. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  6. Isn't it dreadful to be obliged to check her dearly- loved Philip? – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  7. Check to see if you really need it, as this service is far from free. – The Online World by Odd de Presno
  8. It's just a check – The Devil's Garden by W. B. Maxwell
  9. Can't you draw a check – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  10. I hadn't had time to check it out. – The Plague by Teddy Keller
  11. It's too easy just to write your name on a check – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  12. It will put a check on his cruelty. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  13. But his joy soon received a check – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I by Sir John Ross
  14. However, I don't wish to force too much of it on you, and so I'll give you a check for the three hundred dollars." – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  15. Shall I write the check – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  16. If you wish to do anything right, you must learn self- control, and it will be a good beginning to check yourself when you are going to cry. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. " I am sorry, Pip," said he, as I put the check in my pocket, when he had signed it, " that we do nothing for you." – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. March glanced at the check and smiled. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  19. His fear of it held him in check – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  20. He sent me into the station for it with the check – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss

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