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English noun: check

1. check (possession) a written order directing a bank to pay money

SamplesHe paid all his bills by check.

Synonymsbank check, cheque

Broader (hypernym)bill of exchange, draft, order of payment

Narrower (hyponym)bad check, bad cheque, blank check, blank cheque, cashier's check, cashier's cheque, certified check, certified cheque, counter check, giro, giro cheque, kite, kite, medicare check, medicare payment, paycheck, payroll check, personal check, personal cheque, treasurer's check, treasurer's cheque

2. check (cognition) an appraisal of the state of affairs

SamplesThey made an assay of the contents.
A check on its dependability under stress.


Broader (hypernym)appraisal, assessment

Narrower (hyponym)Apgar score, countercheck, double check, paternity test, stress test

3. check (communication) the bill in a restaurant

SamplesHe asked the waiter for the check.

Synonymschit, tab

Broader (hypernym)account, bill, invoice

4. check (state) the state of inactivity following an interruption

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsarrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage

Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity

Narrower (hyponym)countercheck, logjam

5. check (cognition) additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

SamplesFossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory.

Synonymsconfirmation, substantiation, verification

Broader (hypernym)cogent evidence, proof

Narrower (hyponym)bed check, checksum, crosscheck, odd-even check, parity check, redundancy check

6. check (act) the act of inspecting or verifying

SamplesThey made a check of their equipment.
The pilot ran through the check-out procedure.

Synonymscheck-out procedure, checkout

Broader (hypernym)inspection, review

Narrower (hyponym)spot check

7. check (communication) a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

SamplesAs he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name.

Synonymscheck mark, tick

Broader (hypernym)mark

8. check (cognition) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonymsbalk, baulk, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)albatross, bind, diriment impediment, drag, millstone, obstacle, obstruction, straitjacket

9. check (attribute) a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something


Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

10. check (artifact) a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

SamplesShe wore a skirt with checks.

Broader (hypernym)weave

Narrower (hyponym)dog's-tooth check, dogs-tooth check, dogstooth check, hound's-tooth check, houndstooth check

11. check (act) the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

SamplesHis common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.

Synonymsbridle, curb

Broader (hypernym)restraint

12. check (act) obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

Broader (hypernym)obstruction

Narrower (hyponym)crosscheck, poke check

Part meronymhockey, hockey game, ice hockey

13. check (act) (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

Broader (hypernym)chess move

Narrower (hyponym)discovered check

Domain categorychess, chess game

English verb: check

1. check (cognition) examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

SamplesCheck the brakes.
Check out the engine.

ExamplesThe men check the area for animals , The men check for animals in the area

Synonymscheck into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Narrower (hyponym)follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over

Verb groupcheck, check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off

2. check (social) make an examination or investigation

SamplesCheck into the rumor.
Check the time of the class.

ExamplesThey won't check the story

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)examine, see

Narrower (hyponym)breathalyse, breathalyze, countercheck, screen, test

3. check (cognition) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

SamplesHe verified that the valves were closed.
See that the curtains are closed.
Control the quality of the product.

Synonymsascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)verify

Narrower (hyponym)card, cinch, control, cover, cross-check, double-check, proof, proofread, spot-check

Verb groupascertain, check, check, check, check off, control, determine, find out, learn, mark, mark off, see, tick, tick off, verify, watch

4. check (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.

Synonymscontain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

5. check (motion) stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

SamplesShe checked for an instant and missed a step.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)halt, stop

Verb groupcheck, check

6. check (cognition) put a check mark on or near or next to

SamplesPlease check each name on the list.
Tick off the items.
Mark off the units.

Synonymscheck off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)verify

Narrower (hyponym)receipt

Verb groupascertain, assure, check, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, control, ensure, go over, insure, look into, see, see to it, suss out

7. check (change) slow the growth or development of

SamplesThe brain damage will retard the child's language development.

Synonymsdelay, retard

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)dampen, delay, detain, stay

8. check (stative) be verified or confirmed; pass inspection

SamplesThese stories don't check!.

ExamplesThey won't check the story

Synonymscheck out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Verb groupagree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

9. check (stative) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsagree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be, equal

Narrower (hyponym)accord, adhere, agree, align, answer, bear out, befit, beseem, coincide, concord, conform to, consist, consort, correlate, corroborate, duplicate, fit, fit in, harmonise, harmonize, homologize, look, meet, parallel, parallel, pattern, resemble, rhyme, rime, square, suit, support, twin, underpin

Verb groupaccord, agree, check, check out, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize

Antonymsdisaccord, discord, disagree

10. check (social) block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

ExamplesThe fighter managed to check his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy

11. check (social) develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

SamplesParents must discipline their children.
Is this dog trained?.

Synonymscondition, discipline, train

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Narrower (hyponym)mortify

Verb groupgroom, prepare, train

12. check (possession) consign for shipment on a vehicle

SamplesCheck your luggage before boarding.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)charge, consign

Verb groupcheck

13. check (possession) hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

SamplesCheck your coat at the door.

ExamplesThey check the cape

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)charge, consign

Verb groupcheck

14. check (motion) abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)halt, stop

Verb groupcheck

Domain categoryfalconry

15. check (motion) stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

SamplesThe dog checked.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)halt, stop

Verb groupcheck

16. check (creation) mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on

Synonymschecker, chequer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw

17. check (competition) decline to initiate betting

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, move

Domain categorycard game, cards

18. check (competition) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

SamplesArrest the downward trend.
Check the growth of communism in South East Asia.
Contain the rebel movement.
Turn back the tide of communism.

Synonymsarrest, contain, hold back, stop, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend

Narrower (hyponym)cut down, cut out

19. check (competition) place into check

SamplesHe checked my kings.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)aggress, attack

Entailgo, move

Domain categorychess, chess game

20. check (communication) write out a check on a bank account

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)cut, issue, make out, write out

21. check (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.

ExamplesThey check whether there was a traffic accident

Synonymsascertain, determine, find out, learn, see, watch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)test

Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it

22. check (cognition) verify by consulting a source or authority

SamplesCheck the spelling of this word.
Check your facts.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)verify

Verb groupascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it

23. check (change) arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

SamplesHe checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)stop

Narrower (hyponym)halt, stanch, staunch, stem

24. check (change) make cracks or chinks in

SamplesThe heat checked the paint.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)crack

Verb groupbreak, check, crack

25. check (change) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

SamplesThe glass cracked when it was heated.

Synonymsbreak, crack

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)crack

Verb groupcheck, chink, crack

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