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English definition of “check”

check

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