- a bill of exchange drawn on a bank by the holder of a current account; payable into a bank account, if crossed, or on demand, if uncrossed
- Austral NZ the total sum of money received for contract work or a crop
- Austral NZ wages
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- British Termscheck (def. 29).
- to stop the motion of suddenly or with force;
restrain:[~ + object]The pilot checked his speed and landed quickly.
- to examine or test the correctness of, such as by comparison:[~ + object]I checked the answers on the exam.
- to prove to be right:[no object]Well, everything checks; the butler committed the murder.
- to inspect or test the condition, safety, etc., of:[~ + object]We had our mechanic check the car for any damage.
- to mark so as to indicate choice, completion, etc.: [~ + object]Check the box next to the item you think is right.[~ + off + object]I checked off the items on the shopping list.[~ + object + off]I checked them off as I went down the list.
- to search through to find (something);
make an inquiry (into): [~ + object]You'll have to check the files for the letter.[~ + into + object]You'll have to check into those missing files, too.
- [~ + object] to leave (personal belongings) to be kept temporarily: Check your coats at the door.
- to leave (baggage) to be sent on, as at an airport:[~ + object]We checked our suitcases and walked to the gate for our flight.
- Textiles[~ + object] to mark with or in a pattern of squares: The fabric was checked.
- check in, [no object] to register or report one's arrival:Check in at the counter and pick up your boarding passes there.
- check (up) on, [~ ( + up) + on + object] to investigate or inspect:wondered why they were checking (up) on him.
- check out,
- [no object] to leave a hotel, etc., officially, esp. after settling one's account:Let's check out early and get on the road by 6:30.
- [no object] to prove to be right or true:Well, his story checks out; there were witnesses who saw him.
- to find out if something is right or true: [~ + out + object]Check out his story with the people in the bar.[~ + object + out]You'd better check him out again; I'm not sure he's innocent.
- to prove to be in working condition or safe: [no object]This engine checks out; let's see if the problem occurs in the next one.[~ + out + object]Check out boiler number 10 and see if there's an overload.[~ + object + out]We'd better check it out.
- to lend or borrow (an item) officially, as from a library: [~ + out + object]You can check out six books at a time.[~ + object + out]You can check six books out.
- [no object][Informal.]to leave suddenly:He checked out of there fast.
- Slang. to examine carefully: [~ + out + object]Hey, check out this car.[~ + object + out]I've got quality watches for sale; check them out.
- BusinessAlso, Brit., cheque. a written order directing a bank to pay money: [countable]He wrote her a check for fifty-five dollars.[uncountable; by + ~]I'll pay for this by check.
- a slip showing an amount owed, esp. at a restaurant:[countable]The waitress wrote out our check.
- a ticket given for items left in a checkroom, to customers waiting to be served, etc.:[countable]I lost my claim check for the luggage.
- a mark, often indicated by (✓
), to indicate that something has been noted, etc.:[countable]I put a check next to the items that you need to revise.
- a search or examination:[countable]a quick check of the company records.
- a test or inspection, such as to find out quality or performance:[countable]The mechanic ran a check on the engine.
- a means of, or an act of, stopping or restraining:[countable]a check on his speed in the race.
- a pattern formed of squares:[countable]pants with checks.
- Chess, Games (in chess) the exposure of the king to direct attack:[uncountable]Your king is in check; you must move it or eliminate the attacker.
adj. [usually: before a noun]
- serving to stop, control, etc.:a check valve.
- ornamented with a checkered pattern;
- Chess, Games(used as a call in chess to warn that an opponent's king is in check).
- Informal Terms, Informal. all right! agreed!:"We'll be back for our cut, ok?'' "Check!''
- Idiomsin check, kept controlled;
under restraint: to hold one's anger in check.
- to stop or arrest the motion of suddenly or forcibly:He checked the horse at the edge of the cliff.
- to restrain;
hold in restraint or control:They built a high wall to check the tides.
- to cause a reduction, as in rate or intensity;
diminish:The new measures checked the rapidity with which the epidemic was spreading.
- to investigate or verify as to correctness:She checked the copy against the original.
- to make an inquiry into, search through, etc.:We checked the files, but the letter was missing.
- to inspect or test the performance, condition, safety, etc., of (something):Check a used car thoroughly before buying it.
- to mark (something) so as to indicate examination, correctness, preference, etc. (often fol. by off):Please check the correct answer. They checked off the names of people they wanted to invite.
- to leave in temporary custody:Check your umbrellas at the door.
- to accept for temporary custody:We accept responsibility for any article we check here.
- to send (baggage) on a passenger's ticket, usually on the same carrier used by the passenger, for pickup at the destination:We checked two trunks through to Portland.
- to accept (baggage) for conveyance, and to convey, under the privilege of a passenger's ticket:Check this trunk to Portland.
- to mark with or in a pattern of squares:to check fabric.
- [Agric.]to plant in checkrows.
- [Chess.]to place (an opponent's king) under direct attack.
- [Ice Hockey.]to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent). Cf. back-check, fore-check.
- to prove to be right;
correspond accurately:The reprint checks with the original, item for item.
- to make an inquiry, investigation, etc., as for verification (often fol. by up, into, etc.):He checked to make sure his answer was correct. Check into the matter.
- to make a sudden stop;
pause:The horse checked before he jumped.
- [Chess.]to make a move that puts the opponent's king under direct attack.
- to crack or split, usually in small checks:Painted surfaces may check with age.
- [Poker.]to decline to initiate the betting in a betting round, usually to force another player to make the first bet rather than raise it.
- [Hunting.](of hounds) to stop, esp. because the line of scent has been lost.
- [Falconry.](of a hawk) to forsake the proper prey and follow baser game (fol. by at).
- check in, to register, as at a hotel;
indicate one's arrival or presence at a place, function, etc., usually by signing an appropriate form:We checked in at the reception desk.
- check on or up on, to investigate, scrutinize, or inspect:Don't forget to check on his work. We have to check up on him.
- check out:
- to vacate and pay for one's quarters at a hotel.
- to verify or become verified;
examine or investigate.
- to fulfill requirements, as by passing a test:The engine checked out and we proceeded on our way.
- to itemize, total the cost of, and collect payment for (a purchase):The supermarket cashier was exhausted from checking out groceries all day long.
- to have the cost added up and pay for merchandise.
- to borrow (an item) by having it listed as one's temporary responsibility:The adding machine was checked out in your name.
- [Informal.]to depart quickly or abruptly;
leave in a hurry.
- [Slang.]to die.
- check over, to examine or investigate, esp. thoroughly.
- check the helm, [Naut.]to alter the helm of a turning vessel to keep the bow from swinging too far or too rapidly.
- Also,[Brit.,] cheque. [Banking.]a written order, usually on a standard printed form, directing a bank to pay money.
- a slip or ticket showing the amount owed, esp. a bill for food or beverages consumed.
- a ticket or token that when matched with a counterpart identifies an article left in the temporary custody of another, the purchaser of a ticket, a person who is to be served next, etc.
- a criterion, standard, or means to insure against error, fraud, etc.:This handmade sample is a check that the machine-made samples have to match.
- an inquiry, search, or examination:We made a quick check but found nothing missing.
- Also called check mark. a mark, often indicated by (✓), as on a list, to indicate that something has been considered, acted upon, or approved.
- a person or thing that stops, limits, slows, or restrains:The increase of duty was an effective check on imports. He was a check on her enthusiasm.
- a sudden arrest or stoppage;
rebuff:Taxation caused a check in the accumulation of vast fortunes.
- a control, test, or inspection that ascertains performance or prevents error:They ran a check on the dependability of the automobile.
- a pattern formed of squares, as on a checkerboard.
- one of the squares in such a pattern.
- a fabric having a check pattern.
- [Chess.]the exposure of the king to direct attack:The king was in check.
- [Ice Hockey.]any of several maneuvers designed to obstruct or impede the forward progress of an opponent. Cf. board check, body check, cross-check (def. 5), hook check, poke check, sweep check.
- a counter used in card games, as the chip in poker.
- a small crack:There were several checks in the paint.
- an egg, designated for market, having a slightly cracked shell and an intact inner membrane.
- [Masonry.]a rabbet-shaped cutting on the edge of a stone, by which it is fitted to another stone.
- the losing of the scent by a dog or pack.
- (in fox hunting) a period in a hunt, following the losing of the scent by the hounds, during which the field rests quietly while the hounds cast to regain the scent.
- in check, under restraint:He held his anger in check.
- serving to check, control, verify, etc.:a check system.
- ornamented with a checkered pattern;
checkered:a check border.
- [Chess.](used as a call to warn one's opponent that his or her king is exposed to direct attack, having just one move in which to escape or parry.)
- [Informal.]all right! agreed!
- Persian: literally, king (an exclamation: i.e., look out, your king is threatened); see shah
- Arabic shāh check (at chess)
- Old French eschec (by aphesis), variant of eschac
- Middle English chek, chekke (at chess) 1275–1325
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See stop.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hinder, hamper, obstruct, curtail;
chain, bridle, hobble. Check, curb, repress, restrain refer to putting a control on movement, progress, action, etc. Check implies arresting suddenly, halting or causing to halt:to check a movement toward reform.Curb implies the use of a means such as a chain, strap, frame, wall, etc., to guide or control or to force to stay within definite limits:to curb a horse.Repress, formerly meaning to suppress, now implies preventing the action or development that might naturally be expected:to repress evidence of excitement.Restrain implies the use of force to put under control, or chiefly, to hold back:to restrain a person from violent acts.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged examine.
- 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged agree.
- 30.See corresponding entry in Unabridged receipt, tab, counterfoil.
- 31.See corresponding entry in Unabridged coupon, tag, stub.
- 35.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obstacle, obstruction, hindrance, restriction, restraint, impediment, control, deterrent;
curb, bridle, bit, rein.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged advance.
check2 (chek),USA pronunciation n. [South Midland and Southern U.S.]
- Dialect Terms, ChessOften, checks. the game of checkers.
- Dialect Terms, Chessany of the playing pieces used in this game.
- by shortening