Word definition: check

Defiintion of check:

[n] the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
[n] (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
[n] obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
[n] the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
[n] a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
[n] a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
[n] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
[n] an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
[n] additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
[n] the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"
[n] 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"
[n] a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"
[n] the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
[v] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
[v] make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
[v] arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
[v] slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
[v] examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
[v] put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"
[v] be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
[v] verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
[v] find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
[v] write out a check on a bank account
[v] place into check in a game of chess; "He checked my kings"
[v] hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back athe tide of communism"
[v] decline to initiate betting, in poker
[v] mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
[v] stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
[v] stop in a chase esp. when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
[v] abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
[v] hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"
[v] consign for shipment on a vehicle, as of luggage; "check your luggage before boarding"
[v] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
[v] make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
[v] train by instruction and practice; esp. to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"
[v] block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
[v] be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints do'nt match those on the gun"
[v] be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!"

Synonyms of check:

agree, arrest, arrest, ascertain, assay, balk, bank check, baulk, break, bridle, check into, check mark, check out, check over, check up on, checker, checkout, check-out procedure, cheque, chequer, chip, chit, condition, confirmation, contain, contain, control, correspond, crack, crack, curb, curb, delay, determine, deterrent, discipline, find out, fit, gibe, go over, halt, handicap, hindrance, hitch, hold, hold back, hold in, impediment, jibe, learn, look into, match, moderate, retard, see, stay, stop, stop, stoppage, substantiation, suss out, tab, tally, turn back, verification, watch

Antonyms of check:

disaccord, disagree, discord

See Also:

abnegate, accede, account, adhere, aggress, albatross, align, alter, analyse, analyze, answer, Apgar score, appraisal, assessment, attack, bad check, bad cheque, bate, be, bear out, bed check, befit, beseem, bill, bill of exchange, bind, bioassay, blank check, blank cheque, blemish, block, blockade, bound, breathalyse, breathalyze, canvass, card, cashier's check, cashier's cheque, catch, certified check, certified cheque, change, charge, checksum, chess move, cinch, cogent evidence, coincide, confine, conform to, conquer, consign, consist, correlate, corroborate, counteract, countercheck, cover, cricify, crosscheck, crosscheck, cross-check, cut, cut down, cut out, damp, dampen, deadlock, defect, defend, deny, detain, develop, diagnostic assay, diagnostic test, difficulty, discovered check, dogstooth check, dog's-tooth check, double-check, draft, draw, duplicate, embarrass, equal, examination, examine, examine, follow, giro, giro cheque, go, halt, halt, hinder, hockey, hockey game, hold back, homologize, houndstooth check, hound's-tooth check, ice hockey, impasse, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, inhibit, invoice, issue, keep, keep an eye on, keep back, limit, logjam, look, make grow, make out, mark, medicare check, medicare payment, meet, millstone, mortify, move, observe, obstacle, obstruct, obstruction, obstruction, odd-even check, order of payment, overlap, parallel, parity check, paternity test, pattern, paycheck, payroll check, personal check, personal cheque, poke check, pregnancy test, proof, proof, proofread, receipt, redundant check, resemble, restrain, restraint, restrict, rhyme, rime, screen, scrutiny, see, Snellen test, spot-check, square, stalemate, stamp down, stanch, standstill, staunch, stay, stem, stop, stop, stress test, study, stymie, stymy, subdue, suit, support, suppress, test, test, test, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel, treasurer's check, treasurer's cheque, twin, underpin, verify, watch, watch over, weave, write out

Webster Dictionary (1913) for check:

\Check\, n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec, a stop,
hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. ['e]checs
chess, through AR., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See {Shah}, and
cf. {Checkmate}, {Chess}, {Checker}.]
1. (Chess) A word of warning denoting that the king is in
   danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's
   move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to
   immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in
   check, and must be made safe at the next move.

2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest;
   stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.

         Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress
         of Christianity.                      --Addison.

         No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.
                                               --Wordsworth.

3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle,
   guard, restraint, or rebuff.

         Useful check upon the administration of government.
                                               --Washington.

         A man whom no check could abash.      --Macaulay.

4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be
   prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as,
   checks placed against items in an account; a check given
   for baggage; a return check on a railroad.

5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as
   therein stated. See {Bank check}, below.

6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten
   of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design;
   also, cloth having such a figure.

7. (Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to
   follow other birds.

8. Small chick or crack.

{Bank check}, a written order on a banker or broker to pay
   money in his keeping belonging to the signer.

{Check book}, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a
   bank.

{Check hook}, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a
   checkrein is looped.

{Check list}, a list or catalogue by which things may be
   verified, or on which they may be checked.

{Check nut} (Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the
   primary nut to secure it. --Knight.

{Check valve} (Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler
   to prevent the return of the feed water.

{To take check}, to take offense. [Obs.] --Dryden.

Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction;
     reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff;
     tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.

\Check\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Checked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {checking}.] 1. (Chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check. 2. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb. So many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression. --Burke. 3. To verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against (an item) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy; as, to check an account; to check baggage. 4. To chide, rebuke, or reprove. The good king, his master, will check him for it. --Shak. 5. (Naut.) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended. 6. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber. Syn: To restrain; curb; bridle; repress; control; hinder; impede; obstruct; interrupt; tally; rebuke; reprove; rebuff.
\Check\, v. i. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at. The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, either is disabled for the future, or else checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after. --Locke. 2. To clash or interfere. [R.] --Bacon. 3. To act as a curb or restraint. It [his presence] checks too strong upon me. --Dryden. 4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc. 5. (Falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds. And like the haggard, check at every feather That comes before his eye. --Shak.
\Check\, a. Checkered; designed in checks.