usage note
This word may also be spelled "cheque" when used in contexts like that shown in 1a).
check
noun
1. (payment) 
a. el cheque (M) 
They sent me a check by mail.Me mandaron un cheque por correo.
2. (bill) (United States) 
a. la cuenta (F) 
Could you tell the waiter to bring us the check?¿Puedes decirle al mesero que nos traiga la cuenta?
3. (inspection) 
The border patrol did a perfunctory check of the trunk.La policía fronteriza hizo una revisión superficial de la cajuela.
I'm just going to give the engine a quick check.Sólo voy a hacerle un chequeo rápido al motor.
4. (symbol) 
a. la marca (F) 
She put a check in the box marked "single".Puso una marca en el cuadro que decía "soltera".
b. la palomita (F) (Mexico) 
I put a check next to everything on the to-do list.Puse una palomita a cada punto de la lista de quehaceres.
5. (control) 
With no system of checks in place, chaos would reign.Sin sistema de control, dominaría el caos.
transitive verb
6. (to inspect) 
a. revisar 
All passports will be checked at customs.Revisarán todos los pasaportes en la aduana.
b. chequear (Latin America) 
They have to check the containers.Tienen que chequear los contenedores.
c. checar (Mexico) 
She checked my suitcase on arrival.Me checó la maleta al llegar.
7. (to verify) 
a. comprobar 
Could you please check the address?Por favor, ¿podría comprobar la dirección?
b. fijarse 
Can you check if I turned off the headlights?¿Te puedes fijar si apagué los faros?
8. (to stop) 
a. detener 
They managed to check the spread of malaria.Consiguieron detener la propagación de la malaria.
9. (to turn over luggage) 
You have to check that suitcase, ma'am. Tienes que documentar esa maleta, señora.
intransitive verb
10. (to stop) 
The horse checked when it saw the wolf slinking out of the forest.El caballo se paró en seco al ver el lobo saliendo furtivamente del bosque.
11. (to verify) 
a. ver 
I don't think he's back yet. Let me check.Creo que todavía no regresa. Déjame ver.
b. checar (Mexico) 
I think we're out of soap. I'm going to check. Creo que se nos acaba el jabón. Lo voy a checar.
interjection
12. (chess) 
a. el jaque (M) 
I can't believe you moved your king there. Check!No puedo creer que moviste allí tu rey. ¡Jaque!
adjective
13. (checkered) 
There was a red check tablecloth on the table.Había un mantel de cuadros rojos sobre la mesa.
check
Noun
1. (finance) 
a. el cheque m, talón (M) 
to make out or write a check (to somebody)extender un cheque or talón (a alguien)
a check for £50un cheque de 50 libras
check cardtarjeta que avala los cheques
check [tʃek]
noun
1 (inspection) control (m); inspección (f); chequeo (m); (Mec) revisión (f); (Med) chequeo (m)
he has regular checks on his blood pressure le controlan la tensión con regularidad
you have an initial interview with the consultant, a midweek check, and a final consultation before you leave the clinic can we send experts there to do a check on their nuclear weapons sites only if Russia invites us to do so?
security check control (m) de seguridad
to keep a check on sth/sb controlar algo/a algn; vigilar algo/a algn
to run or make a check on sth comprobar or revisar algo
the police ran a check on the license plate I asked the bank to run a check on my account
to run or make a check on sb hacer averiguaciones or indagaciones sobre algn
he needed to run a check on all the people who had access to the building
2 (restraint)
checks and balances (US) (Pol) mecanismo de equilibrio de poderes
to act as a check on sth poner freno a algo; servir de freno a algo
to hold or keep sth in check tener algo controlado or bajo control
population growth must be held in check hay que tener or mantener el crecimiento demográfico bajo control; she kept her temper in check controlaba or contenía su genio
population growth must be held in check
to hold or keep sb in check controlar a algn; mantener a algn a raya
he's found someone with a bit of fight to keep him in check to hold [o.s.] in check
3 (Chess) jaque (m)
check! ¡jaque!; to be in check estar (en) jaque; to put sb in check dar or hacer jaque a algn
4 (square) cuadro (m); (fabric) tela (f) a cuadros; tela (f) de cuadros
a red and white check dress un vestido rojo y blanco a or de cuadros
I'd like a nice bold check for the kitchen curtains styles include stripes and checks I'd like a nice bold check for the kitchen curtains styles include stripes and checks
5 (US) (bill) cuenta (f)
6 (US)
7 (US) (tick) marca (f); señal (f)
check! ¡vale! (informal)
8 (US) (tag, ticket) resguardo (m)
a kind of tackle, esp in ice hockey or rugby, where one player barges his opponent with his body, or puts his body in the way to prevent access to the ball or puck
transitive verb
1 (examine) [+ticket, passport] controlar; revisar; [+merchandise, premises] inspeccionar; controlar; [+tyres, oil] revisar; comprobar; [+temperature, pressure] controlar
he checked his watch every hour miraba el reloj cada hora; he stopped to check his map se detuvo para leer or mirar el mapa
I'll just check the hotel room to see if I left my watch there we have to check the proofs before it can go to the printers I have to check my tent, it got soaked last night in the rain I constantly checked her blood pressure and her temperature check the garage to see if we can get in that way
check each item for flaws compruebe todos los artículos para ver que no tengan defectos; check the phone book for local suppliers mire en la guía telefónica para encontrar proveedores en su zona
2 (confirm, verify) [+facts, figures] comprobar
please check the number and dial again por favor, compruebe que el número es el correcto y vuelva a marcar; check the seasoning pruébelo para ver que esté sazonado a su gusto; check that he's gone before you do it asegúrate de que or comprueba que se ha ido antes de hacerlo
check the accuracy of everything in your CV check your facts before you start accusing people! you can check your answers with the solutions at the back of the book he went to the cashpoint to check his balance
to check sth against sth comparar or cotejar algo con algo
to check a copy against the original check these dates against the list
3 (look at) (also check out) mirar
wow, check that car! ¡hala! ¡mira or fíjate qué coche!
check the girl in the pink shirt!
4 (hold back) [+attack, advance, progress] detener; frenar
to check the spread of AIDS detener or frenar la propagación del SIDA
a free press that will check corruption he checked his opponent with his shoulder I held up a finger to check him
to check o.s. contenerse; refrenarse
he was about to lose his temper, but checked himself in time
5 (US) (tick) marcar; señalar
6 (US) [+luggage] (at airport) facturar; chequear; (LAm) (at station) dejar en consigna; [+clothes, property] (in cloakroom) dejar (en el guardarropa)
we arrived at the airport, checked our baggage and wandered round the gift shops
7 (Chess) [+king] dar jaque a
the king is never killed, just "checked"
intransitive verb
1 (confirm) comprobar; chequear; especially (LAm)
I'm not sure he's here, I'll just check no estoy seguro de que esté aquí, iré a comprobar(lo) or iré a mirar
I think there's an age limit, but I'll have to check she hadn't checked whether she had a clean, ironed shirt he checked that he had his room key to check [with] sb
I'll need to check with the manager lo tendré que consultar con el encargado
check with your doctor before you take up exercise
2 (examine)
to check for sth
they checked for broken bones lo examinaron para ver si tenía algún hueso roto; check periodically for wear and tear compruebe periódicamente el deterioro
I had someone round to check for woodworm Urine samples will then be taken to check for diabetes a CAT scan was ordered to check for a skull fracture to check [on] sth/sb
he checked on her several times during the night fue a verla varias veces durante la noche para asegurarse de que estaba bien
he decided to check on things at the warehouse
3 (hesitate) pararse en seco; pararse de repente
4 (US) (agree) concordar;with con
this report checks with the other
El sistema de checks and balances es uno de los principios de gobierno de Estados Unidos, cuyo objetivo es prevenir abusos de poder por parte de uno de los tres poderes del Estado. Para garantizar la libertad dentro del marco constitucional, los padres de la Constitución estadounidense crearon un sistema por el que tanto el poder del Presidente, como el del Congreso, el de los Tribunales o el de los gobiernos de cada estado puede ser sometido a debate o, si fuera necesario, controlado por el resto de los poderes.
cheque
check (US)
[tʃek]
noun
(Britain) cheque (m); talón (m) (bancario); (Esp)
a cheque for £20 un cheque por or de 20 libras; to make out or write a cheque (for £100/to Rodríguez) extender un cheque (de 100 libras/a favor de Rodríguez); to pay by cheque pagar con cheque; bad cheque cheque (m) sin fondos or sin provisión
modifier
cheque card (n)(also cheque guarantee card) tarjeta (f) de identificación bancaria
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