Meaning of “check out (something)” in the English Dictionary

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check out (something)

phrasal verb with check us /tʃek/ verb

(PAY FOR)

to take the items you have bought, esp. in a large food store, to an area where you pay for them:

I had already checked out when I remembered that we were out of milk.

check out something

infml
phrasal verb with check us /tʃek/ verb

(EXAMINE)

to examine something or visit a place in order to learn about it:

Don't forget you can check us out anytime online.
You have to check out the nursing home before putting your mother in it.

check out (something)

phrasal verb with check us /tʃek/ verb

(DECIDE IF TRUE)

(of information) to seem to be true because it agrees with other information, or to discover whether information agrees with other information and is therefore likely to be true:

Her statement checks out with most of the eyewitness reports.
The commissioner sent an investigator to check out the rumors.

check out something

phrasal verb with check us /tʃek/ verb

(GET BOOK)

to borrow a book or something else from a library (= a place with a collection of books, music, etc.):

We don't think the government should be able to see what citizens check out from public libraries.

(Definition of “check out (something)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)