check

Check: Small word, loads of different meanings. One of the most common is "to inspect or verify." You might check the oven to see if your cookies are done.

A few of the many meanings of check: As a noun: the act of restraining power or action; a pattern of squares resembling a checkerboard; a restaurant bill; a financial instrument payable to the named bearer (from your checkbook); a mark indicating that something's been noted or finished. As a verb: to crack on the surface; to slow or delay growth; to obstruct your hockey opponent; to hand over for inventory and safekeeping, especially baggage on a plane.

Definitions of check
  1. verb
    examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
    check the brakes”
    Check out the engine”
    synonyms: check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
    check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
    put a check mark on or near or next to
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    follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
    follow with the eyes or the mind
    keep tabs on
    keep a record on or watch attentively
    guard
    keep watch over
    invigilate, proctor
    watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. verb
    make an examination or investigation
    check into the rumor”
    check the time of the class”
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    screen, test
    test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
    countercheck
    check a second time
    breathalyse, breathalyze
    test someone's alcohol level in his blood by means of a breathalyzer
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    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  3. verb
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    synonyms: ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
    put a check mark on or near or next to
    ascertain, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
    find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    control, verify
    check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
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    proof, proofread
    read for errors
    control
    verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
    double-check
    check once more to be absolutely sure
    cross-check
    check out conflicting sources; crosscheck facts, for example
    cinch
    make sure of
    card
    ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor
    spot-check
    pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
    cover
    maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
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    verify
    confirm the truth of
  4. verb
    verify by consulting a source or authority
    check the spelling of this word”
    check your facts”
    Synonyms:
    ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
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    verify
    confirm the truth of
  5. verb
    find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    Check whether the train leaves on time”
    synonyms: ascertain, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
    ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    ascertain, determine, find, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
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    test
    determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
  6. verb
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    “These stories don't check!”
    synonyms: check out
    agree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  7. verb
    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    “The handwriting checks with the signature on the check”
    synonyms: agree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    check out
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    disaccord, disagree, discord
    be different from one another
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    consist
    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    look
    accord in appearance with
    answer
    match or correspond
    coincide
    be the same
    align
    be or come into adjustment with
    correlate
    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    parallel
    be parallel to
    duplicate, parallel, twin
    duplicate or match
    square
    be compatible with
    bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    resemble
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
    homologize
    be homologous
    befit, beseem, suit
    accord or comport with
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
    pattern
    form a pattern
    adhere, hew
    be compatible or in accordance with
    rhyme, rime
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    coordinate
    be co-ordinated
    look like
    bear a physical resemblance to
    come to life
    be lifelike, as of a painting
    take after
    be similar to a relative
    approximate, come close
    be close or similar
    fill the bill, fit the bill
    be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
    behoove, behove
    be appropriate or necessary
    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    imitate
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    echo, recall
    call to mind
    blend, blend in, go
    blend or harmonize
    accommodate, fit, suit
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    assonate
    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  8. verb
    hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
    Check your coat at the door”
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    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
  9. verb
    consign for shipment on a vehicle
    check your luggage before boarding”
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    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
  10. verb
    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
    synonyms: condition, discipline, train
    groom, prepare, train
    educate for a future role or function
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    mortify
    practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
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    develop, make grow
    cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
  11. noun
    an appraisal of the state of affairs
    “a check on its dependability under stress”
    synonyms: assay
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    countercheck, double check
    something that checks the correctness of a previous check
    Apgar score
    an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness
    paternity test
    a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be
    stress test
    a test measuring how a system functions when subjected to controlled amounts of stress
    treadmill test
    a stress test in which the patient walks on a moving treadmill while the heart and breathing rates are monitored
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    appraisal, assessment
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
  12. noun
    the act of inspecting or verifying
    “they made a check of their equipment”
    “the pilot ran through the check-out procedure”
    synonyms: check-out procedure, checkout
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    spot check
    a check on work performance or product quality made at random times without warning
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    inspection, review
    a formal or official examination
  13. noun
    additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
    synonyms: confirmation, substantiation, verification
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    bed check
    a check that everyone is in bed by the time they should be
    crosscheck
    an instance of confirming something by considering information from several sources
    odd-even check, parity check, redundancy check
    a system of checking for errors in computer functioning
    checksum
    a digit representing the sum of the digits in an instance of digital data; used to check whether errors have occurred in transmission or storage
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    cogent evidence, proof
    any factual evidence that helps to establish the truth of something
  14. verb
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    synonyms: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
    damp
    restrain or discourage
    crucify, mortify, subdue
    hold within limits and control
    abnegate, deny
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    restrict
    place under restrictions; limit access to
    train
    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    catch
    check oneself during an action
    bate
    moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    thermostat
    control the temperature with a thermostat
    counteract, countercheck
    oppose or check by a counteraction
    blink, blink away, wink
    force to go away by blinking
    reduce, tighten
    narrow or limit
    tie
    limit or restrict to
    gate
    restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out
    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule
    keep in check
    baffle, regulate
    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    dampen, stifle
    smother or suppress
    choke back, choke down, choke off
    suppress
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
    restrict
    clamp down, crack down
    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
    constrict, inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
    burke
    get rid of, silence, or suppress
    silence
    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    quell, quench, squelch
    suppress or crush completely
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
    hold back
    muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
    conceal or hide
    mortify
    practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
    classify
    declare unavailable, as for security reasons
    taboo
    declare as sacred and forbidden
    trellis
    train on a trellis, as of a vine
    scant, skimp
    limit in quality or quantity
    localise, localize
    restrict something to a particular area
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    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
  15. verb
    slow the growth or development of
    synonyms: delay, retard
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    dampen
    check; keep in check (a fire)
    delay, detain, stay
    stop or halt
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  16. verb
    hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    Check the growth of communism in South East Asia”
    synonyms: arrest, contain, hold back, stop, turn back
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    cut down, cut out
    intercept (a player)
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    defend
    be on the defensive; act against an attack
  17. verb
    arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
    “He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve”
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    halt, stanch, staunch, stem
    stop the flow of a liquid
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    stop
    cause to stop
  18. verb
    stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
    “She checked for an instant and missed a step”
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    halt, stop
    come to a halt, stop moving
  19. verb
    stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
    “The dog checked
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    halt, stop
    come to a halt, stop moving
  20. verb
    abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
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    halt, stop
    come to a halt, stop moving
  21. noun
    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
    synonyms: bridle, curb
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    restraint
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  22. noun
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    synonyms: balk, baulk, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
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    albatross, millstone
    (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
    bind
    something that hinders as if with bonds
    diriment impediment
    (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
    drag
    something that slows or delays progress
    obstacle, obstruction
    something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
    straitjacket
    anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
    barrier, roadblock
    any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
    hang-up, hitch, rub, snag
    an unforeseen obstacle
    hurdle
    an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
    stymie, stymy
    a thwarting and distressing situation
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    difficulty
    a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
  23. noun
    the state of inactivity following an interruption
    “held them in check
    synonyms: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
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    countercheck
    a check that restrains another check
    logjam
    any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
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    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  24. noun
    a written order directing a bank to pay money
    “he paid all his bills by check
    synonyms: bank check, cheque
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    bad check, bad cheque
    a check that is dishonored on presentation because of insufficient funds
    kite
    a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
    kite
    a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
    counter check
    a blank check provided by a bank for the convenience of customers who are making withdrawals
    giro, giro cheque
    a check given by the British government to someone who is unemployed; it can be cashed either at a bank or at the post office
    paycheck, payroll check
    a check issued in payment of wages or salary
    certified check, certified cheque
    a check containing certification that the person who issued the check has sufficient funds on deposit to cover payment
    personal check, personal cheque
    a check drawn against funds deposited in your personal checking account
    cashier's check, cashier's cheque, treasurer's check, treasurer's cheque
    a check issued by the officer of a bank on the banks own account (not that of a private person)
    blank check, blank cheque
    a check that has been signed but with the amount payable left blank
    medicare check, medicare payment
    a check reimbursing an aged person for the expenses of health care
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    bill of exchange, draft, order of payment
    a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
  25. noun
    the bill in a restaurant
    “he asked the waiter for the check
    synonyms: chit, tab
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    account, bill, invoice
    an itemized statement of money owed for goods or services
  26. verb
    write out a check on a bank account
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    cut, issue, make out, write out
    make out and issue
  27. noun
    a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
    “as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name”
    synonyms: check mark, tick
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    mark
    a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
  28. verb
    put a check mark on or near or next to
    “Please check each name on the list”
    synonyms: check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
    check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
    examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
    ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
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    receipt
    mark or stamp as paid
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    verify
    confirm the truth of
  29. noun
    a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
    “she wore a skirt with checks
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    dog's-tooth check, dogs-tooth check, dogstooth check, hound's-tooth check, houndstooth check
    textile with a pattern of small broken or jagged checks
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    weave
    pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
  30. verb
    mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
    synonyms: checker, chequer
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    draw
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  31. verb
    make cracks or chinks in
    “The heat checked the paint”
    synonyms: chink
    break, crack
    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
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    crack
    cause to become cracked
  32. verb
    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
    synonyms: break, crack
    chink
    make cracks or chinks in
    crack
    cause to become cracked
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    crack
    break partially but keep its integrity
    chap
    crack due to dehydration
    craze
    develop a fine network of cracks
    alligator
    crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  33. noun
    a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
    synonyms: chip
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    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  34. noun
    (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
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    discovered check
    a check on the opponent's king that is delivered by moving a piece out of the line of attack by a queen or rook or bishop
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    chess move
    the act of moving a chess piece
  35. verb
    place into check
    “He checked my kings”
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    aggress, attack
    take the initiative and go on the offensive
  36. verb
    block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
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    block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  37. noun
    obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
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    crosscheck
    an illegal check (chopping at an opponent's arms or stick)
    poke check
    knocking the puck away by jabbing at it with the hockey stick
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    obstruction
    getting in someone's way
  38. verb
    decline to initiate betting
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    go, move
    have a turn; make one's move in a game
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