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[chek-out] /ˈtʃɛkˌaʊt/
the procedure of vacating and paying for one's quarters at a hotel.
the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day's charge is not to be made.
an examination of fitness for performance:
The checkout of the new plane was successful.
a series of sequential actions to familiarize oneself with new equipment.
itemization and collection of amounts due for purchases:
Retailers need to improve online checkout.
Also called checkout counter. a counter where customers pay for purchases:
The supermarket has five checkouts.
Also, check-out.
Origin of checkout
1920-25, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase check out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for checkout
  • The racks leading up to the checkout line are prime real estate for impulse buys.
  • Upon suspicion, report, checkout and even choose to report to local authorities.
  • The data in the scanner can then be downloaded to a self-service checkout counter for easy and fast payment.
  • The checkout period often differs among different types of patrons.
  • The hotel features a complimentary continental breakfast, a fitness center and express check-in and late checkout options.
  • But there are hidden treasures by the checkout line.
  • These simplify the process of selling things by identifying goods at a checkout without the need for laser-scanning a bar code.
  • Hereabouts, snapping at a slow checkout clerk might suffice.
  • Other companies offer software that can count the length of a checkout line and summon staff if a new register needs to be opened.
  • Wal-Mart has said that right now its tags are for internal use, not the checkout aisle.
British Dictionary definitions for checkout

check out

verb (adverb)
(intransitive) to pay the bill and depart, esp from a hotel
(intransitive) to depart from a place; record one's departure from work
to investigate or prove to be in order after investigation: the police checked out all the statements, their credentials checked out
(transitive) (informal) to have a look at; inspect: check out the wally in the pink shirt
  1. the latest time for vacating a room in a hotel, etc
  2. (as modifier): checkout time
a counter, esp in a supermarket, where customers pay
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Word Origin and History for checkout

1944, from check (v.) + out (adv.). Originally "training given to a pilot for using a specific aircraft;" hotel sense is from 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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