Meaning of “checkout” in the English Dictionary

"checkout" in British English

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checkoutnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃek.aʊt/ us /ˈtʃek.aʊt/

B1 the place in a shop, especially a large food shop, where you pay for your goods:

Your fruit and vegetables will be weighed at the checkout.
She works on the checkout at the local supermarket.

B1 the place on a website where you order and pay for goods:

Choose your CD-ROMs and proceed to checkout.

More examples

  • I saw a mother at the checkout trying to manage two small children and a mountain of shopping.
  • When I got to the checkout, I realized I'd left my purse at home.
  • There was a long queue at the checkout and customers were getting impatient.
  • If there are customers waiting, they are usually quick to open another checkout.
  • Another member of staff came to the checkout to let Gavin go for his lunch-break.

(Definition of “checkout” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"checkout" in American English

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checkoutnoun [ U ]

us /ˈtʃek·ɑʊt/

the act of leaving a hotel and paying your bill:

Late checkout should be arranged in advance.

(Definition of “checkout” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"checkout" in Business English

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checkoutnoun

uk /ˈtʃekaʊt/ us

[ C ] COMMERCE the place in a store, especially a large food store, where you pay for your goods:

Your fruit and vegetables will be weighed at the checkout.
She works on the checkout at the local supermarket.

[ C or U ] E-COMMERCE the area of a website where you order and pay for goods, or the process of paying for goods:

Click on your selections and proceed to checkout.

[ U ] the process of leaving a hotel room, paying for it, and returning the key:

Checkout is at 11:00 am.
Speak to Reception if you would like to request a later checkout.

(Definition of “checkout” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)