check (

     n 1: a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all
          his bills by check" [syn: bank check, cheque]
     2: an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of
        the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
        [syn: assay]
     3: the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the
        check" [syn: chit, tab]
     4: 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" [syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop,
     5: additional proof that something that was believed is true;
        "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary
        theory" [syn: confirmation, verification, substantiation]
     6: the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of
        their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out
        procedure" [syn: checkout, check-out procedure]
     7: 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" [syn: check mark]
     8: a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken
        off of something [syn: crack, chip]
     9: a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a
        checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
     10: the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess;
         "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper" [syn:
         bridle, curb]
     11: obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
     12: (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
     v 1: examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition;
          "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine" [syn: {check
          up on}, look into, check out, suss out, {check
          over}, go over, check into]
     2: make an examination or investigation; "check into the
        rumor"; "check the time of the class"
     3: 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" [syn: see, insure, see to it, ensure, control,
         ascertain, assure]
     4: 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"
        [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate]
     5: stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She
        checked for an instant and missed a step"
     6: put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on
        the list" [syn: check off, mark, mark off, tick off]
     7: slow the growth or development of [syn: retard]
     8: be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories
        don't check!" [syn: check out]
     9: 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" [syn: match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe,
         tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
     10: block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice
     11: train by instruction and practice; esp. to teach
         self-control; "Parents must discipline their children";
         "Is this dog trained?" [syn: discipline, train, condition]
     12: consign for shipment on a vehicle, as of luggage; "check
         your luggage before boarding"
     13: hand over something to somebody as for temporary
         safekeeping;  "Check your coat at the door"
     14: abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior
         prey, of falcons
     15: stop in a chase esp. when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
     16: mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
         [syn: checker, chequer]
     17: decline to initiate betting, in poker
     18: 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" [syn: {turn
         back}, arrest, stop, contain, hold back]
     19: place into check in a game of chess; "He checked my kings"
     20: write out a check on a bank account
     21: 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" [syn: determine, find out, see, ascertain,
         watch, learn]
     22: verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the
         spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
     23: arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the
         flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
     24: make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn:
     25: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The
         glass cracked when it was heated" [syn: crack, break]