WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
check•mate /ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -mat•ed, -mat•ing, interj. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. Chess, Gamesan act in chess of arranging pieces so that the opponent's king is placed into a check from which it cannot escape:The game ended in checkmate.
  2. a thwarting or defeat:It was checkmate for that dictator once the UN agreed on action.

v. [+ object]
  1. Chess, Gamesto maneuver (someone) so that no escape is possible;
    mate:He checkmated his opponent in twenty moves.
  2. to check completely;
    defeat:The dictator found himself checkmated between the embargo and the coup attempts.

  1. Chess, Games(used by a chess player when placing the opponent's king in checkmate and ending the game).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
check•mate  (chekmāt′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -mat•ed, -mat•ing, interj. 
  1. ChessAlso called  mate. 
    • an act or instance of maneuvering the opponent's king into a check from which it cannot escape, thus bringing the game to a victorious conclusion.
    • the position of the pieces when a king is checkmated.
  2. a complete check;
    defeat:His efforts to escape met with a checkmate.

  1. Chessto maneuver (an opponent's king) into a check from which it cannot escape;
  2. to check completely;
    defeat:Napoleon was checkmated at Waterloo.

  1. Chess(used by a player to announce that he or she has put the opponent's king into inextricable check.)
  • Persian: literally, the king (is) checked, nonplussed
  • Arabic shāh māt
  • Middle French escec mat
  • Middle English chek mat(e) 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

checkmate /ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪt/ n
  1. the winning position in which an opponent's king is under attack and unable to escape
  2. the move by which this position is achieved
  3. utter defeat
vb (transitive)
  1. to place (an opponent's king) in checkmate
  2. to thwart or render powerless
  1. a call made when placing an opponent's king in checkmate
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic shāh māt, the king is dead; see check

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