Definition of check someone/something out in US English:

check someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • 1Establish the truth or inform oneself about someone or something.

    ‘they decided to go and check out a local restaurant’
    • ‘These explanations will be checked out to establish whether or not they are genuine.’
    • ‘I checked it out and did some research before deciding to buy one for my business in Limerick.’
    • ‘Run, don't walk to your favourite store and check this one out!’
    • ‘I've checked it out with some local journalists.’
    • ‘The investigator definitely should check it out.’
    • ‘Before I put my paintings on view I tentatively checked them out with the local councillor and the village shop to see that they had no worries.’
    • ‘But after a local friend checked it out for me, I concluded it was a fraud and stayed home.’
    • ‘Do yourself a favour and check 'em out next time they play.’
    • ‘So anyway, my local police are checking the whole thing out.’
    • ‘If I was a young musician, I would check other things out, investigate.’
    investigate, look into, enquire into, probe, research, sound out, examine, go over, go through, vet
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  • 2check something outNorth American Enter the price of goods in a supermarket into a cash machine for addition and payment by a customer.

    1. 2.1 Register something as having been borrowed.
      • ‘Another way I found to get free music to listen to is to simply check out the CD at the library.’
      • ‘I borrowed the book, so can't check it out again just now.’
      • ‘Maybe they don't have much disposable income, and if they didn't download songs they'd borrow CDs from their friends or check them out of the library.’
      • ‘A parent library is available, and books and movies can be checked out.’
      • ‘Eight-year-old Lewis checks out a book as part of his detective work.’
      • ‘Think of it as the federal government mandating how, where, when, and for how long you can own or read a book at the time you purchase it or check it out of your local library.’