Definition of spellcheck in US English:

spellcheck

verb

[with object]
  • Check the spelling in (a text) using a spellchecker.

    ‘the text shows signs of having been spellchecked but not proofread’
    • ‘Time to go now or I won't have time to spellcheck.’
    • ‘Once you've written, rewritten, spellchecked, and proofread your newsletter in the word processor, copy and paste it into the body of your email program.’
    • ‘When I have time, I proofread and spellcheck but sometimes I have to do it after the event, when the thing has already been posted.’
    • ‘Don't bother spellchecking your message to them; that really gets on their nerves.’
    • ‘OK, so maybe the fact that I didn't spellcheck my letter before I emailed it to you undermines my point a tad, but my dad can still beat up Joel's dad.’
    • ‘Someone should spellcheck their English pages, and some of the concert details are a bit out of date.’
    • ‘Earlier this week, someone at the NZ Herald must have hit the wrong buttons when spellchecking this story.’
    • ‘From a visitors point of view if you couldn't be bothered spellchecking your website then how good can your product really be?’
    • ‘One wit declared that it must be love if the message was spellchecked before posting.’
    • ‘I drafted this in Word, and spellchecked it and guess what it suggested for Blogging - ‘Belonging’!’
    • ‘Would you like me to spellcheck your posts for the next couple of days?’
    • ‘I also didn't spellcheck this cause I'm on crunched time, so sorry if it bites the big one.’
    • ‘I do spellcheck and proofread, but no one's perfect.’

noun

  • 1A check of the spelling in a text using a spellchecker.

    as modifier ‘a spellcheck program’
    • ‘They'll also see a new tool that provides a kind of universal spellcheck service regardless of what application is being used.’
    • ‘They understand software, surfing and spellchecks.’
    • ‘I don't run an anti-virus or spellcheck program, and I don't believe in installing patches or defragmenting my hard drive.’
    1. 1.1 A spellchecker.
      • ‘These range from nice functions like undoing and redoing a command, running spellcheck and printing a document.’
      • ‘Why don't people use the computer spellcheck?’
      • ‘I realise that these days, computers have spellchecks, which often cannot differentiate between meanings of words.’
      • ‘They're gathering their forces to do stuff like write letters, issue statements, and use spellcheck more than most.’
      • ‘By the way, I don't need spellcheck, I think I'm pretty good at spelling already (not boasting, I used to get all obsessed with spelling as a kid).’
      • ‘A feature yet to be coded into posting panes may come along to spoon-feed users who feel it's too much trouble to cut and paste from another document after running spellcheck.’
      • ‘This is written in a document that has no spellcheck so I'm relying on what I know (which isn't very much).’
      • ‘You have no idea how much of a lifesaver the spellcheck is for me.’
      • ‘People are relying more and more on spellchecks.’
      • ‘I just used the spellcheck on my computer - 805 words misspelt out of 1,200.’
      • ‘I know I have tons of spelling and grammar mistakes and such, but that's because I don't have a spellcheck or what not, and I'm horrible with that kind of stuff.’
      • ‘The spellcheck didn't like 34G and asked if I wanted to change it to Agamemnon.’
      • ‘I'm still adjusting to life without spellcheck.’
      • ‘A new spellcheck is a valuable addition, as is the enhanced search-and-replace function.’
      • ‘Well I'm constantly going back and changing things, please excuse typos, I don't have spellcheck on my computer and am too lazy to edit this yet.’
      • ‘I've noticed more and more Americanisms sneaking into the English language and I blame computers and spellchecks for that.’
      • ‘No, I don't have Microsoft Word so I can't use spellcheck.’
      • ‘Anyways I'm glad you are enjoying my story and as for my grammar let's just say that if it weren't for spellcheck and proof reads then my stories would probably be incomprehensible.’
      • ‘As for Jim's raw copy, those 1000 monkeys he has working for him are pretty good about running spellcheck.’
      • ‘Besides, the spellcheck mangled the word ‘barbour’.’
      • ‘It's always wise to run spellcheck after you've spent so much time mocking someone else's typos.’

Pronunciation

spellcheck

/ˈspɛlˌtʃɛk//ˈspelˌCHek/