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cheque

A cheque is a written order directing a bank to pay out money, and it's exactly the same thing as a check, but with more exciting letters.

The American English word for the slip of paper that authorizes your bank to make a payment is check, which is the adjusted spelling of the British English cheque. That word comes from exchequer which is like a bank, and so a cheque is a note that has the seal of the bank: an official piece of paper. Cheque can be used as a verb meaning "withdraw."

Definitions of cheque
  1. noun
    a written order directing a bank to pay money
    synonyms: bank check, check
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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
    type of:
    bill of exchange, draft, order of payment
    a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
  2. verb
    withdraw money by writing a check
    synonyms: check out
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    type of:
    draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
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