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'check' - used as a noun
1. a written order directing a bank to pay money
he paid all his bills by check
2. an appraisal of the state of affairs
a check on its dependability under stress
3. the bill in a restaurant
he asked the waiter for the check
4. the state of inactivity following an interruption
held them in check
5. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
6. the act of inspecting or verifying
they made a check of their equipment
the pilot ran through the check-out procedure
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
8. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
9. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
10. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
she wore a skirt with checks
11. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
12. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

'check' - used as a verb
14. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
check the brakes
Check out the engine
15. make an examination or investigation
check into the rumor
check the time of the class
16. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
17. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
18. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
She checked for an instant and missed a step
19. put a check mark on or near or next to
Please check each name on the list
20. slow the growth or development of
21. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
These stories don't check!
22. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
The handwriting checks with the signature on the check
23. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
24. train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
25. consign for shipment on a vehicle
check your luggage before boarding
26. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
Check your coat at the door
27. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
28. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
The dog checked
29. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
30. decline to initiate betting
31. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
32. place into check
He checked my kings
33. write out a check on a bank account
34. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
Check whether the train leaves on time
35. verify by consulting a source or authority
check the spelling of this word
check your facts
36. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve
37. make cracks or chinks in
The heat checked the paint
38. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
39. withdraw money by writing a check

derived forms
1. Check / Plural
2. Check / Past
3. Check / Third Person
4. Check / Present Participle
Variations of 'check'
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Fact of the day
Americans write approximately 50 billion checks a year making it the second most frequent payment method used after cash.