In games such as chess, shogi, and xiangqi, a check is a threat to capture the king on the next move turn. A king so threatened is said to be in check. On the very next move, the player whose king is in check must remove their king from check, if possible. Either the threat must be stopped or the king must be moved to a square where it is no longer in check. If the player has no move out of check, the game ends in checkmate and the player loses.

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  1. A situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece.
  2. An inspection or examination.
    I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.
  3. A control; a limit or stop.
    checks and balances
    The castle moat should hold the enemy in check.
  4. A mark (especially a checkmark: ) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick (UK).
    Place a check by the things you have done.
  5. An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque (UK, Canada).
    I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.
  6. A bill, particularly in a restaurant.
    I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.
  7. A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play.
    The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck.
  8. A token used instead of cash in gaming machines.
  9. A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood.
  10. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified.
    a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad
  11. The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
  12. A small chink or crack.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern.
    The tablecloth had red and white checks.


  1. To inspect; to examine.
    Check the oil in your car once a month.
    Check whether this page has a watermark.
  2. To mark with a checkmark.
    Check the correct answer to each question.
  3. To control, limit, or halt.
    Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.
  4. To verify or compare with a source of information.
    Check your data against known values.
  5. To leave in safekeeping.
    Check your hat and coat at the door.
  6. To leave with a shipping agent for shipping.
    Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.
  7. To physically remove a person from play.
    The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck.
  8. To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet.
    Tom didn't think he could win, so he checked.
  9. To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, especially the king, in check; to put in check.
  10. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
  11. To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
  12. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
  13. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack.
    The sun checks timber.
  14. To make a stop; to pause; with at.
  15. To clash or interfere.
  16. To act as a curb or restraint.
  17. To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.

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