- Ⅰ.check  ► VERB 1) examine the accuracy, quality, or condition of. 2) stop or slow the progress of. 3) Chess move a piece or pawn to a square where it directly attacks (the opposing king).► NOUN 1) an examination to check accuracy, quality, or condition. 2) an act of checking progress. 3) a means of control or restraint. 4) Chess an act of checking the opposing king. 5) N. Amer. the bill in a restaurant. 6) (also check mark) N. Amer. a mark () used to indicate that an item in a text is correct or has been chosen or checked.● check in — Cf. ↑check in● check out — Cf. ↑check out● check up on — Cf. ↑check up on● in check — Cf. ↑in checkDERIVATIVES checkable adjective.ORIGIN Old French eschequier 'play chess, put in check' , ultimately from a Persian word meaning 'king' .Ⅱ.check  ► NOUN ▪ a pattern of small squares.► ADJECTIVE (also checked) ▪ having such a pattern.ORIGIN probably from CHEQUER(Cf. ↑chequer).Ⅲ.check  (Brit. cheque) ► NOUN ▪ a written order to a bank to pay a stated sum from an account to a specified person.ORIGIN variant of CHECK(Cf. ↑checkable), in the sense «device for checking the amount of an item».
English terms dictionary. 2015.