Quick answer
"Check" is a noun which is often translated as "el cheque", and "bill" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuenta". Learn more about the difference between "check" and "bill" below.
check(
chehk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (payment)
a. el cheque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They sent me a check by mail.Me mandaron un cheque por correo.
2. (bill)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cuenta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Could you tell the waiter to bring us the check?¿Puedes decirle al mesero que nos traiga la cuenta?
3. (inspection)
a. la revisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The border patrol did a perfunctory check of the trunk.La policía fronteriza hizo una revisión superficial de la cajuela.
b. el chequeo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm just going to give the engine a quick check.Solo voy a hacerle un chequeo rápido al motor.
4. (symbol)
a. la marca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She put a check in the box marked "single."Puso una marca en el cuadro que decía "soltera".
b. la palomita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(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)
a. el control
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
With no system of checks in place, chaos would reign.Sin sistema de control, dominaría el caos.
6. (material)
a. la tela a cuadros
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have the latests checks straight from the catwalk.Tenemos las últimas telas a cuadros directamente de la pasarela.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to inspect)
a. revisar
All passports will be checked at customs.Revisarán todos los pasaportes en la aduana.
b. chequear
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They have to check the containers.Tienen que chequear los contenedores.
c. checar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
She checked my suitcase on arrival.Me checó la maleta al llegar.
8. (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?
9. (to stop)
a. detener
They managed to check the spread of malaria.Consiguieron detener la propagación de la malaria.
10. (to turn over luggage)
a. documentar
You have to check that suitcase, ma'am.Tienes que documentar esa maleta, señora.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to stop)
a. pararse en seco
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.
12. (to verify)
a. ver
I don't think he's back yet. Let me check.Creo que todavía no regresó. Déjame ver.
b. checar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I think we're out of soap. I'm going to check.Creo que se nos acaba el jabón. Lo voy a checar.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
13. (chess)
a. el jaque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I can't believe you moved your king there. Check!No puedo creer que moviste allí tu rey. ¡Jaque!
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
14. (checkered)
a. de cuadros
There was a red check tablecloth on the table.Había un mantel de cuadros rojos sobre la mesa.
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bill(
bihl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (amount to pay)
a. la cuenta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm going to go to the lobby to pay the hotel bill.Voy al lobby para pagar la cuenta del hotel.
b. la adición
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Southern Cone)
Who's going to pay the bill tonight?¿Quién va a pagar la adición esta noche?
2. (invoice)
a. la factura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have the bill for the furniture we bought?¿Tienes la factura de los muebles que compramos?
b. el recibo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(utilities)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I need to pay the electric bill by tomorrow or our service will be cut.Necesito pagar el recibo de la luz al más tardar mañana o se nos cortará el servicio.
c. la cuenta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How much was the bill for your bathroom remodel?¿En cuánto salió la cuenta de la remodelación del baño?
d. la nota
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Southern Cone)
I'm attaching the bill for our sevices in July.Adjunto la nota para servicios prestados en el mes de julio.
3. (amount expended or owed)
a. los gastos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We need to get the company's wage bill under control.Hay que controlar los gastos laborales de la empresa.
4. (printed advertisement)
a. el cartel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Posting bills on this wall is prohibited.Se prohibe pegar carteles en esta pared.
5. (theater)
a. el programa
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The director's name appears prominently on the bill.El nombre del director aparece destacado en el programa.
6. (draft of a law)
a. el proyecto de ley
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She introduced a bill to congress to redefine how the minimum wage is adjusted.Introdujo un proyecto de ley al congreso para redefinir como se ajusta el salario mínimo.
7. (paper money)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el billete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He was carrying $100 all in one-dollar bills.Llevaba $100 encima en billetes de uno.
8. (of a bird)
a. el pico
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bird trapped a worm in its bill.El pájaro atrapó un gusano en el pico.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to submit a bill of charges to)
a. pasarle la factura a
We will bill you for the merchandise after it has been delivered.Le pasaremos la factura por la mercancía después de la entrega.
b. pasarle la cuenta a
Can you bill the treasurer for my stay, please?¿Puede pasarle la cuenta al tesorero por mi estancia, por favor?
10. (to advertise)
a. anunciar
They billed it as the concert of the century and made millions.Lo anunciaron como el concierto del siglo y ganaron millones.
Bill
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
11. (name)
a. Guille
I'm going to visit Uncle Bill this weekend.Voy a visitar a tío Guille este fin de semana.
b. Willy
Bill graduated from college in May.Willy se graduó de la universidad en mayo.
c. Billy
We're celebrating Bill's birthday this Saturday.Este sábado vamos a celebrar el cumpleaños de Billy.
d. Memo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Bill has two older brothers.Memo tiene dos hermanos mayores.
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