Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Cheques and using cheques

blank check

noun

a check that has been signed but has not had the amount of money it is worth written on it

bounce

verb

if a check bounces, or if a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account of the person who wrote it

cash

verb

to exchange a check for its value in bills and coins

cashier’s check

noun

a check written by a bank that guarantees (=makes a formal promise) to pay the amount written on it

check

noun

one of the pieces of printed paper that your bank gives you so you can pay for things without using money

checkbook

noun

a small book of printed pieces of paper that you can sign and use instead of money to pay for things

check card

noun

a debit card

check stub

noun

the small piece of paper left in your checkbook when you tear out a check, used for recording the amount of money on the check and the person you are paying it to

cheque

the British spelling of check2 2

chequebook

the British spelling of checkbook

clear

verb

if a check clears, or if a bank clears it, the bank allows the money to be used

clearance

noun

the process by which a bank accepts a check that you have written and pays the money to the person, store, etc. that you gave the check to

counterfoil

noun

the part of something such as a check that you keep as a record of a payment you have made

draw on

to take money from a bank account by writing a check

endorse

verb

to write your name on the back of a check or official document to make it legal

kite

noun

a check that someone writes without having enough money to pay it

kite

verb

to use a bad check in order to cheat someone

make out

to write all the necessary information on a document such as a check

payee

noun

the person who you pay a check or money to

personal check

noun

a check written by an individual person instead of by a bank or a company

postdate

verb

to put a date on a check or document that is later than the actual date it was produced

predate

verb

to write a date on a document that is earlier than the real date, especially on a check or a contract

present

verb

to give a check to a bank so that it can be put into your account

rubber check

noun

a check that a bank will not accept because the person who wrote it does not have enough money in their account

traveler’s check

noun

a printed piece of paper that you sign and use as money when you are traveling, that can be replaced if it is lost or stolen

uncertified

adjective

used for describing a check that does not show that there is enough money to cover it

cancel a check

to tell your bank that a check you have written should not be paid by them. The American expression is stop payment on a check.

cross a check

to draw two lines across a check to show that it can be paid only into the bank account of the person whose name is on it

cut a check

if a business cuts a check, it approves or writes it

honor a check/credit card

if a bank honors a check or a store honors a credit card, they accept the check or credit card as if it were money

payable to someone

a check that is payable to someone has their name written on it because the money is owed to them

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog