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check (verb) stop suddenly; control; verify.
When you stop something suddenly, you check it. The boys were running about the class and jumping, but the teacher's appearance checked all that and they returned to their seats. That is, on seeing their teacher, the boys' playing stopped. The governments of the world jointly, or each by itself, is unable to check drug peddling. That is, their efforts are unable to control the smuggling, sale, and use of drugs. Racism, drugs, child abuse, etc., are the evils to be put an end to. That is, these things have to be checked. To verify, that is, to find the correctness or the truth of some information or a situation is also to check. For example, when you buy something, you verify whether it is the correct number, weight, volume, etc.. You also verify the change you are given after the transaction. This is checking the number, quantity, etc..
- Following the Islamic fundamentalists' attack on the World Trade Centre, the US has given a call to all nations of the world, to join it in the effort to check terrorism, so that, once the terrorist's attacks are ended, the peoples of the world can be free from terror.
- It is the responsibility of the parents to check the behavior of their children with the class teacher, if only to check any tendency to abnormality among them.