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English definition of “check”

check

verb
 
 
/tʃek/
EXAMINE [I, T] A2 to examine something in order to make sure that it is correct or the way it should be: [+ (that)] I went to check that I'd locked the door. Have you checked your facts? I knelt down beside the body and checked for a pulse. I haven't had my eyes checked recently.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating valueProving and disproving
FIND OUT [I, T] B1 to find out about something: [+ question word] I'll check whether Peter knows about the party.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
ASK [I] B2 to ask someone for permission to do something: I'd like to stay overnight, but I need to check with my parents.Making appeals and requests
STOP [T] to stop something bad from increasing or continuing: The government needs to find a way to check rising inflation.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
MARK [T] US (UK tick) to put a mark by an answer to show that it is correct, or by an item on a list to show that you have dealt with itSigns, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbolsMarks and results
LEAVE [T] US to leave your coat, bags, or other possessions temporarily in someone's care: Passengers on this flight will be allowed one carry-on bag, and will have to check any additional bags. → See also double-checkPlacing and positioning an object
(Definition of check verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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