Synonyms of check in English:


See definition of check


1‘troops set up a road block and checked all vehicles’


examine, inspect, look at, look over, scrutinize, scan, survey

study, investigate, research, probe, dissect, explore, look into, enquire into, go into, go over with a fine-tooth comb

check out, test, monitor, review

informal give something a once-over, give something the once-over, give something a look-see, give something a going-over

2‘he checked that the gun was cocked’


make sure, confirm, verify, corroborate, validate, substantiate

3‘two successive defeats checked their progress’


halt, stop, arrest, bring to a standstill, cut short

bar, obstruct, hamper, impede, inhibit, frustrate, foil, thwart, stand in the way of, prevent, curb, block, stall, hold up, interfere with, retard, delay, slow down, brake, put a brake on

stem, staunch

archaic stay

4‘her tears could not be checked’


suppress, repress, restrain, contain, control, curb, rein in, bridle, smother, muffle, stifle, keep in check, hold back, swallow, choke back, fight back, bite back, bottle up

informal nip in the bud, keep a lid on




1‘they did an official check of the records’


examination, inspection, scrutiny, scrutinization, check-up, perusal, study, investigation, probe, dissection, analysis, assessment, enquiry

test, trial, assay, monitoring

informal once-over, going-over, look-see

rare anatomization

2‘a permanent check on the abuse of authority’


control, restraint, constraint, break, bridle, curb, deterrent, hindrance, impediment, obstruction, inhibition, limitation

3‘the waitress arrived with the check’


bill, account, invoice, statement, list of charges, tally

amount due

informal the damage

informal tab

British dated, informal shot

archaic reckoning, score


    check in

      ‘at the airport they check in at a special desk’


      report, report one's arrival, record one's arrival, book oneself in, book in, enrol, register

    check out

      ‘she checked out of the hotel without saying goodbye’


      leave, vacate, depart from, exit from, take one's leave from

      pay the bill, pay up, settle up

    check something out

      1‘the police have checked out dozens of leads’


      investigate, look into, enquire into, probe, research, sound out, examine, go over, go through, vet

      assess, weigh up, analyse, evaluate

      follow up

      suss out, recce, give something a once-over, give something the once-over, give something a going-over

      North American

      scope out



      2‘she checked herself out in the mirror’


      look at, observe, survey, gaze at, regard, inspect, contemplate

      take note of

      have a gander at, have a squint at, get a load of


      take a dekko at, have a butcher's at, take a shufti at, clock

      North American


    keep something in check

      ‘I strive to keep my temper in check’


      curb, restrain, hold back, keep under control, keep a tight rein on, bridle, rein in, rein back

      control, govern, master, repress, suppress, subdue, stifle, smother, tone down


      keep a lid on, nip in the bud