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English definition of “check”

check

verb [I or T] (EXAMINE)    /tʃek/
A2 to make certain that something or someone is correct, safe, or suitable by examining it or them quickly: You should always check your oil, water, and tyres before taking your car on a long trip. Customs stopped us and checked (= searched) our bags for alcohol and cigarettes. After I'd finished the exam, I checked my answers for mistakes. The doctor will call next week to check on your progress. My wife checks on (= visits) our elderly neighbour 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. → See also crosscheckTesting, checking and experimenting B1 to find out about something: [+ question word] I rang them yesterday to check when they were arriving. [+ to infinitive] If you're near the garage, could you check to see (= ask) if the car's ready? If you're unsure of your legal rights, I would check with (= ask) a lawyer.
(Definition of check verb (EXAMINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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