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checkverb

uk   us   /tʃek/

check verb (EXAMINE)

A2 [I or T] to make ​certain that something or someone is ​correct, ​safe, or ​suitable by ​examining it, him, or her ​quickly: You should always check ​youroil, ​water, and ​tyres before taking ​yourcar on a ​longtrip. Customs ​stopped us and checked (= ​searched)ourbags foralcohol and ​cigarettes. After I'd ​finished the ​exam, I checked my ​answers formistakes. The ​doctor will ​call next ​week to check onyourprogress. I check on (= ​visits)ourelderlyneighbour 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.
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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 tosee (= ​ask) if the car's ​ready? If you're ​unsure of ​yourlegalrights, I would check with (= ​ask) a ​lawyer.
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check verb (STOP)

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

check verb (LEAVE)

(UK usually check in) [T] mainly US to give ​yourbags to ​airportemployees to be put on a ​plane for you, ​rather than ​carrying them on and off the ​plane yourself : I got my ​boardingpass and checked my ​suitcase. Many ​airlineschargeextra for checked bags/​baggage/​luggage. [T] mainly US to ​leave something with someone at a ​particularplace, so that they can take ​care of it for a ​shorttime: It was ​hot so we checked ​ourcoats 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 mainly US (UK usually tick) [I or T] to ​mark something with a check: Check (off) each ​item on the ​list as you ​complete it.

check verb (CHESS)

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

check verb (SPORTS)

[T] mainly US specialized sports in some ​sports such as icehockey, to ​try to make another ​playerlose the ​ball or puck, for ​example, by ​pushing them

checknoun

uk   us   /tʃek/

check noun (MONEY)

[C] US spelling of 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 ​theirequipment a ​final check before setting off. "I can't ​find my ​keys." "Have another check in/throughyourjacketpockets." Security checks have ​become really ​strict at the ​airport. The ​police are ​carrying out spot checks on (= ​quickexaminations of a ​limitednumber of)drivers over the ​Christmasperiod to ​test for ​alcohollevels. It's my ​job to keep a check onstocklevels. I'll just run a check on (= ​findinformation about) that ​name for you in the ​computer.
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check noun (PATTERN)

[C or U] a ​pattern of ​squaresformed by ​lines of different ​colourscrossing each other: a ​shirt with a ​pattern of ​blue and ​yellow checks a ​grey check ​suit

check noun (RESTAURANT)

A2 US [C] a bill noun in a ​restaurant, etc.: Can I have the check, ​please?

check noun (LIMIT)

hold/keep sth in check to ​limit something: We need to ​findways of ​keepingourexpenditure in check.checks and balances rulesintended to ​prevent one ​person or ​group from having too much ​power within an ​organization: A system of checks and ​balancesexists to ​ensure that ​ourgovernment is ​trulydemocratic.

check noun (MARK)

A2 [C] mainly US (UK usually tick) a ​mark (✓) that ​shows that something is ​correct or has been done: Put a check by/against the ​names of the ​people who have ​accepted the ​invitation.

check noun (CHESS)

[U] specialized games in chess, the ​act of ​directlyattacking the other player's ​king: I ​think I should have given check (= ​attacked my opponent's ​king) at ​move 23 ​instead of ​trying to ​find a ​safersquare for the ​rook.in check specialized If ​yourking is in check in chess, it is being ​directlyattacked by the other ​player: Your ​king is in check from my ​knight.
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check noun (SPORTS)

[C] mainly US specialized sports in some ​sports such as icehockey, a defensivemove (= ​trying to ​preventscoring) in which a ​playertries to make another ​playerlose the ​ball or puck, for ​example, by ​pushing them

checkexclamation

uk   us   /tʃek/

check exclamation (YES)

mainly 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 ​bringyoursleepingbag?" "Check." "Pillow?" "Check."

check exclamation (CHESS)

specialized games something you say in chess, if you ​directlyattack the other player's ​king
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(Definition of check from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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checkverb

 us   /tʃek/

check verb (EXAMINE)

[I/T] to ​look at or give ​yourattention 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 ​ourrecords for any ​information about him. [I] We have a ​claim for ​lostluggage, and we are checking into it. [T] The ​doctors checked his ​heart and said it was ​fine. [T] Before you ​hand in ​yourpapers, check ​yourspelling.

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 ​leaveyourouterclothing or ​propertytemporarily in the ​care of someone ​else, usually as a ​convenience: Let’s check ​ourcoats before going through the ​galleries. Passengers on this ​flight will be ​allowed one ​carry-onbag, and will have to check any ​additionalbags.

check verb (MARK)

[T] to ​markitems to show ​yourpreferences: Check the ​boxcorresponding to the ​correctanswer to each ​question.

checknoun

 us   /tʃek/

check noun (MONEY)

[C] a ​printedform, used ​instead of ​money, to make ​payments from ​yourbankaccount: I’ve got to ​cash my ​pay check. She ​wrote me a check for $120.

check noun (PATTERN)

[C] a ​pattern made of different ​coloredsquares, 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 ​theirtickets.

check noun (REQUEST FOR PAYMENT)

[C] a ​request for ​payment of ​moneyowed 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 ​yourattention to something to get ​information, often to ​help you ​decide if something is ​correct, ​safe, or ​suitable: The ​FBI did a ​thoroughbackground 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 ​risinginterestrates.

check noun (LEAVE)

[C] the ​ticket or ​smallobject that you are given and that you use to get back ​yourcoat or other ​personal possessions ​left in the ​care of someone ​else for a ​shortperiod: I ​thought I put the ​coat check in my ​pocket.
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(Definition of check from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"check" in Business English

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checkverb

uk   us   /tʃek/
[I or T] to make ​certain that something or someone is ​correct, ​safe, or suitable, for ​example by ​examining it or them, or by ​asking someone: When the ​shipment arrived, she checked to make sure nothing was ​broken. A ​securityofficer checked our bags at the ​entrance to the ​building. I'd like to check my ​bankbalance, please.check on sth The ​supervisor will check on your ​progress next week.check (sth) for sth Always check your ​reports for spelling ​errors before you ​hand them in.check (sth) with sb Please could you check the ​figures with the ​salesmanager?check that Check that you have all the necessary ​documentation before you ​travel.
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[T] to prevent something from ​increasing or continuing: Our first ​priority is to ​controlpublicspending and check ​inflation. We ​tried to check the ​spread of the ​rumour that the ​company was being ​sold.
[T] to ​leave something with someone at a particular ​place, so that they can take ​care of it for a ​shorttime, or so it can be put on a ​plane or ​train: Please check your coats at the coatroom ​prior to the ​meeting. He checked his ​baggage as soon as he got to the ​airport. These ​articles may only be ​carried in checked ​baggage.
[T] to make a ​mark next to an ​item on a ​list, or to ​click on a checkbox on a ​computerscreen in ​order to make a ​choice: Please check the ​box above to ​agree to our ​terms and ​conditions.
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[I] if ​information checks, it makes it likely that other ​information is ​true: check with sth Her ​statement checks with most of the eye-witness ​reports.

checknoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃek/
US BANKING →  cheque
→  check mark : Put a check beside each ​item that you wish to ​order.
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an ​examination of something in ​order to make ​certain that it is ​correct or the way that it should be: give sth a check Give the ​invoice another check before you ​seal the ​carton.carry out/do a check (on/of sth) They ​carried out a check of all the ​electricalequipment. regular/routine check A ​regular check is done on all our ​equipment.quick/thorough check All these ​documents will need a thorough check before you ​send them off.keep a check on sth It's my ​job to ​keep a check on ​stocklevels. Security checks at ​airports have become very strict.
an ​examination of somebody to see if they are ​healthy or have a ​medical problem: health/medical check Purchasers of the ​policy will be ​required to undergo a ​medical check.
US (UK bill) COMMERCE a ​piece of ​paper given to you when you have ​finished eating at a ​restaurant, showing how much ​money you ​owe: Can we have the check, please?
something that ​stops something else from ​increasing or getting worse: keep a check on sth The new ​administration is expected to ​keep a ​tight check on ​inflation.act/serve as a check on sth These ​controls are ​designed to ​act as a check on ​fraud.
hold/keep sth in check to put a ​limit on something so that it does not ​increase or become worse: We must ​find ways of ​keeping our ​expenditure in check.
checks and balances GOVERNMENT rules intended to prevent one ​person or ​group from having too much ​power within a country or an ​organization: A ​system of checks and ​balances exists to ensure that our ​government is truly ​democratic. Many ​executivesamassed enormous ​power by ignoring the ​normal checks and ​balances of the ​financialworld.
(Definition of check from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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