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noun [C] UK ( US check)
BANKING a printed form that you can write an amount of money on and sign in order to make a payment from your bank account: write (sb) a cheque (for sth) I wrote him a cheque for £50.make out a cheque to sb Who should I make out this cheque to? Please make your cheque payable to S Jones. pay by cheque It is becoming increasingly unusual for people to pay by cheque.accept/take cheques From next year this store will no longer take cheques.stop a cheque If you suspect fraud, contact your bank and ask them to stop the cheque and ensure that it is not paid.
a cheque bounces/is bounced if a cheque bounces, or is bounced, the bank refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account: The bank had bounced my cheque because some of the funds in the account had not cleared in time.
cash a cheque to exchange a cheque for cash: I'm sorry, but we are not able to cash cheques.
a cheque clears/is cleared if a cheque clears, or a bank clears it, money is made available because it has been successfully paid from one account to another: You will not be able to withdraw funds until the bank has cleared your cheque.
→ See also antedate, bank-certified cheque, bank cheque, bearer cheque, blank cheque, cashier's cheque, certified cheque, cross, dividend cheque, dud cheque, endorsed cheque, open cheque, pay cheque, personal cheque, post-date, rebate check, rubber cheque, stale cheque, third-party cheque, traveller's cheque, uncrossed cheque
(Definition of cheque from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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