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verb     check pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1



    check over

    [transitive] to examine something in order to find out whether it is how it should be

    Always check your spelling.

    Would you check the tyres for me?

    have something checked:

    You should have your sight checked regularly.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to examine someone or something in order to find out if something is present

      Have you checked your email?

      check something for something:

      I checked the car for signs of damage.

      check for:

      The doctor checked for a pulse.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to look at writing or pictures in order to get information about something

      Check the label before you put that shirt in the wash.

      check something for something:

      Check our website for details of our special offers.

      check through:

      She checked through her notes for his address.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make certain of something, for example by looking at the information again or by asking someone

    I think he’s gone home – I’ll just check.

    I’ll check the dates.

    check with:

    For further information, check with your local tax office.

    check that:

    Before starting, check that you have everything you need.

    check if/whether:

    Could you please check whether a package has arrived for me?

    check to see if:

    He checked to see if Gail was still there.

    it is wise to check something/it is worth checking something:

    It would be wise to check the availability of seats before going to the concert.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to stop yourself or someone else from doing something

    Paul was about to answer but checked himself when he saw Julie’s expression.

    1. a.
      to stop something bad from happening or getting worse

      They are taking measures to check the spread of the disease.

  4. 4



    check in

    [transitive] to give your bags and cases to an official at an airport so that they can be put on a plane

    How many bags do you have to check?

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