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verb uk   /tʃek/ us  

check verb (EXAMINE)

A2 [I or T] to make certain that something or someone is correct, safe, or suitable by examining it or them quickly: You should always check your oil, water, and tyres before taking your car on a long trip. Customs stopped us and checked (= searched) our bags for alcohol and cigarettes. After I'd finished the exam, I checked my answers for mistakes. The doctor will call next week to check on your progress. My wife checks on (= visits) our elderly neighbour every few days to make sure that he's alright. [+ (that)] I always check (that) I've shut the windows before I leave the house. He double-checked all the doors (= checked them all twice) before leaving the house.
See also
B1 [I or T] to find out about something: [+ question word] I called them yesterday to check when they were arriving. [+ to infinitive] If you're near the garage, could you check to see (= ask) if the car's ready? If you're unsure of your legal rights, I would check with (= ask) a lawyer.

check verb (STOP)

[T] to stop someone from doing or saying something, or to prevent something from increasing or continuing: They have begun to vaccinate children in an attempt to check the spread of the disease.

check verb (LEAVE)

[T] US to leave something with someone at a particular place, so that they can take care of it for a short time: It was hot so we checked our coats before going round the gallery.

check verb (AGREE)

[I] mainly US If information checks, it agrees with other information: Her statement checks with most of the eye-witness reports.

check verb (MARK)

A1 [I or T] US for tick noun

check verb (CHESS)

[T] specialized games in the game of chess, to put the other player's king under direct attack, so that the other player is forced to defend against the attack in their next move


noun uk   /tʃek/ us  

check noun (MONEY)

[C] US for cheque

check noun (EXAMINATION)

B1 [C] an examination of something in order to make certain that it is correct or the way it should be: The soldiers gave their equipment a final check before setting off. "I can't find my keys." "Have another check in/through your jacket pockets." Security checks have become really strict at the airport. The police are carrying out spot checks on (= quick examinations of a limited number of) drivers over the Christmas period to test for alcohol levels. It's my job to keep a check on stock levels. I'll just run a check on (= find information about) that name for you in the computer.

check noun (PATTERN)

[C or U] a pattern of squares formed by lines of different colours crossing each other: a shirt with a pattern of blue and yellow checks a grey check suit

check noun (RESTAURANT)

A2 [C] US for bill noun: Can I have the check, please?

check noun (LIMIT)

hold/keep sth in check to limit something: We need to find ways of keeping our expenditure in check. checks and balances rules intended to prevent one person or group from having too much power within an organization: A system of checks and balances exists to ensure that our government is truly democratic.

check noun (MARK)

A2 [C] US for tick noun

check noun (CHESS)

in check specialized If your king is in check in the game of chess, it is being directly attacked by the other player: Your king is in check from my knight.
See also
give check specialized In chess, to give check is to directly attack the other player's king: I think I should have given check at move 23 instead of trying to find a safer square for the rook. specialized games In chess, if you directly attack the other player's king, you usually say check.


exclamation uk   /tʃek/ US us  
used to say yes to someone who is making certain that all the things on a list have been dealt with or included: "Did you bring your sleeping bag?" "Check." "Pillow?" "Check."
(Definition of check from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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