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  1. [noun] a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"
    Synonyms: bank cheque

  2. [noun] an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
    Synonyms: assay

  3. [noun] the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"
    Synonyms: chit, tab

  4. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage

  5. [noun] additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
    Synonyms: confirmation, verification, substantiation

  6. [noun] the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
    Synonyms: out, -out procedure

  7. [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: mark, tick

  8. [noun] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    Synonyms: hindrance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap

  9. [noun] a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
    Synonyms: chip

  10. [noun] a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"

  11. [noun] the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    Synonyms: bridle, curb

  12. [noun] obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

  13. [noun] (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

  14. [verb] examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
    Synonyms: up on, look into, out, suss out, over, go over, into

  15. [verb] make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"

  16. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure

  17. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: control, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate

  18. [verb] stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"

  19. [verb] put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"
    Synonyms: off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick

  20. [verb] slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
    Synonyms: retard, delay

  21. [verb] be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!"
    Synonyms: out

  22. [verb] 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 don't match those on the gun"
    Synonyms: match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally, agree

  23. [verb] block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

  24. [verb] train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"
    Synonyms: discipline, train, condition

  25. [verb] consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"

  26. [verb] hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"

  27. [verb] abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons

  28. [verb] stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"

  29. [verb] mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
    Synonyms: er, chequer

  30. [verb] decline to initiate betting

  31. [verb] 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 Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
    Synonyms: turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back

  32. [verb] place into check; "He checked my kings"

  33. [verb] write out a check on a bank account

  34. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: determine, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn

  35. [verb] verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"

  36. [verb] arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

  37. [verb] make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
    Synonyms: chink

  38. [verb] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    Synonyms: crack, break


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