Synonyms of check
1 examineDictionary • Check the accuracy of every detail in your CV. • Get a mechanic to check the car out for you before you buy it. often with out
examine • He examined her passport and stamped it.
test • Test the temperature of the water with your wrist.
study • Debbie studied her friend's face for a moment.
research • They research the needs of both employers and staff.
investigate • Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
probe • The more they probed into his background, the more suspicious they became.
vet • He was not allowed to read any book until his father had vetted it.
inspect • Each hotel is inspected once a year.
verify • A clerk simply verifies that the payment and invoice amount match.
scrutinize • She scrutinized his features.
make sure of
inquire into • Inspectors inquired into the affairs of the company.
take a dekko at (British, slang)
parse (computer code)
, pass over
, pay no attention to
2 stopDictionary • Sex education is expected to help check the spread of Aids.
stop • I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
control • Try to control that temper of yours.
limit • He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
arrest • The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
delay • The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
halt • Striking workers halted production at the auto plant yesterday.
curb • He must learn to curb that temper of his.
bar • He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
restrain • He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
inhibit • Sugary drinks inhibit digestion.
thwart • They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
hinder • Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
repress • People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
obstruct • The authorities are obstructing the investigation.
retard • Continuing violence will retard negotiations.
impede • Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
bridle • I must learn to bridle my tongue.
stem the flow of
nip in the bud
put a spoke in someone's wheel
, give free rein
1 examinationDictionary • He is being constantly monitored with regular checks on his blood pressure.
examination • They have taken the documents away for examination.
test • High levels of dioxin were confirmed by scientific tests.
research • His groundbreaking research will be vital in future developments.
investigation • He ordered an investigation into the affair.
inspection • A routine inspection of the vessel turned up 50 kg of the drug.
scrutiny • His private life came under media scrutiny.
2 controlDictionary • There is no check on the flood of new immigrants arriving in the country.
control • There are to be tighter controls on land speculation.
limitation • There is to be no limitation on the number of opposition parties.
restraint • A Bill of Rights would act as a restraint on judicial power.
constraint • Their decision to abandon the trip was made because of financial constraints.
rein • He wrapped his horse's reins round his left wrist.
obstacle • Overcrowding remains a large obstacle to improving conditions.
curb • He called for much stricter curbs on immigration.
obstruction • Americans viewed the army as an obstruction to legitimate economic development.
inhibition • They cited security fears as a major inhibition to internet shopping.
impediment • There is no legal impediment to the marriage.
hindrance • Higher rates have been a hindrance to economic recovery.
damper • He put a damper on our hopes.
setback • He has suffered a serious setback in his political career.
blow • The ruling comes as a blow to environmentalists.
reverse • They have suffered a major reverse.
disappointment • The defeat was a bitter disappointment.
frustration • a man fed up with the frustrations of everyday life
whammy (informal, mainly US)
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arrestIf something or someone arrests a process, they stop it continuing.
• The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
barIf you bar someone's way, you prevent them from going somewhere or entering a place, by blocking their path.
• He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
blowIf something that happens is a blow to someone or something, it is very upsetting, disappointing, or damaging to them.
• The ruling comes as a blow to environmentalists.
Thesaurus for check from the Collins English Thesaurus