1 stop, arrest, stay, halt, obstruct, block, limit; retard, slow, brake, curb, hinder, hamper, impede, thwart:
They are trying to check the spread of the disease in West Africa.
2 restrain, control, repress, stay, inhibit, contain, curb, restrict:
The animal population is checked only by availability of food.
3 authenticate, verify, confirm, substantiate, validate, corroborate, check into, check out, check up on:
Please check his story to make sure he's not lying.
4 enquire about or after or into, check into, check (up) on, examine, investigate, inspect, make sure of, verify, monitor, test, study, scrutinize:
You'd best check the temperature in the kiln.
5 correspond, coincide, agree, jibe, tally, conform, check out, fit, mesh; compare:
His alibi doesn't check with the witness's statement.
6 check in. arrive, report:
We check in for work at 0800.
7 check in or into. register, sign in or on, enrol, log in:
We checked into the hotel.
8 check into. investigate, check out, check up on, verify, check:
The detective checked into the backgrounds of all applicants.
9 check off. tick (off), mark, check:
Check off the names in red.
10 check out.
(a) depart, leave; go:
He checked out of the hotel and took a taxi to the airport.
(b) investigate, research, explore, enquire into, look into or at or over, scrutinize, examine, inspect, probe, survey, check up on, check, check into, check over:
You had best check out her references before hiring her.
(c) pass, pass muster or scrutiny, meet approval, be verified, check:
According to our records, his story checks out.
(d) Slang cash in one's checks or chips, kick the bucket, croak:
Sam checked out last week - heart attack, I think.
11 check over or out. review, verify, authenticate, check:
Please check over my figures before I submit them to the accountant.
12 check up (on).
(a) investigate, do research, probe, explore, check:
I don't know her name, but I'll check up and let you know.
(b) determine, discover, find out, look into, check:
I want you to check up on where they eat lunch.
13 stop, stopping, cease, surcease, hesitation, cessation, stoppage, interruption, break, pause, balk or baulk, discontinuity, discontinuation, discontinuance, suspension:
The visitors continued to arrive without check, far into the night.
14 restraint, repression, inhibition, limitation, curb, restriction, control, constraint, hindrance, obstruction, impediment, damper:
He keeps a good check on the foreman. This tax will serve as a check against free trade.
15 control, test, inspection, examination, scrutiny, verification, substantiation, authentication, confirmation, validation, corroboration:
We do a thorough check on the quality of every product.
16 US tick, mark, dash, X:
Place a check in the box alongside your choice.
17 token, receipt, counterfoil, stub; voucher, chit, certificate:
Don't lose your baggage check.
18 chip, counter:
Let's cash in our checks and go home.
19 Chiefly US bill, tab, charge(s):
In the U.S.A., people generally add 15 per cent to the check for a tip.