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English definition of “check”

check

verb [I/T] (EXAMINE)   /tʃek/
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.
(Definition of check verb (EXAMINE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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