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check

verb  /tʃek/ us  

check verb (EXAMINE)

[I/T] to look at or give your attention to something to get information, often to help you decide if something is correct, safe, or suitable: [+ to infinitive] Check to see what the weather is like outside. [T] I brought the car to the garage to have the brakes checked. [T] We checked our records for any information about him. [I] We have a claim for lost luggage, and we are checking into it. [T] The doctors checked his heart and said it was fine. [T] Before you hand in your papers, check your spelling.

check verb (STOP)

[T] to stop someone from doing or saying something, or to prevent something from increasing or continuing: He started to interrupt but checked himself and said nothing. The program is designed to check the spread of malaria.

check verb (LEAVE)

[T] to leave your outer clothing or property temporarily in the care of someone else, usually as a convenience: Let’s check our coats before going through the galleries. Passengers on this flight will be allowed one carry-on bag, and will have to check any additional bags.

check verb (MARK)

[T] to mark items to show your preferences: Check the box corresponding to the correct answer to each question.

check

noun  /tʃek/ us  

check noun (MONEY)

[C] a printed form, used instead of money, to make payments from your bank account: I’ve got to cash my pay check. She wrote me a check for $120.

check noun (PATTERN)

[C] a pattern made of different colored squares, or one of these squares: The shirt has a pattern of blue and yellow checks.

check noun (MARK)

[C] a sign (✓) that shows that something is correct or done or has been examined: Put a check next to the names of the people who have already paid for their tickets.

check noun (REQUEST FOR PAYMENT)

[C] a request for payment of money owed to a restaurant, or the piece of paper on which it is written: Waiter, may I have the check, please?

check noun (EXAMINATION)

[C] the act of looking at or giving your attention to something to get information, often to help you decide if something is correct, safe, or suitable: The FBI did a thorough background check on him (= looked into his past experience and relationships).

check noun (STOP)

a way to stop someone from doing or saying something, or to prevent something from increasing or continuing: New rules would put a check on rising interest rates.

check noun (LEAVE)

[C] the ticket or small object that you are given and that you use to get back your coat or other personal possessions left in the care of someone else for a short period: I thought I put the coat check in my pocket.
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