“Check out” is often used with regard to paying a bill after a stay at a hotel or a hospital.


1.   (intransitive) When you leave a hotel or a hospital, usually after paying the bill.
  • “Are you checking out?”
  • “We have to check out at 11am tomorrow morning.”
2.   (separable) To examine something to learn more about it.
  • “We’re going to check the new bar out. Wanna join us?”
  • Check out my new website!”
3.   To examine something to be correct, true, or satisfactory.
  • “The police is checking out his alibi.
  • “This machine checks out, so let’s move onto the next one.”
  • “If you’re not feeling well, you should go to the hospital to get yourself checked out.”
4. (separable) To add up the purchases and collect the total at a store. Or add up the purchases and pay for the total at a store.

This is usually done at a cash register or checkout at a store.

  • “I’m going to check these out and I’ll come help you out.”
  • “During peak hours, we have a bagger to help out while the cashier checks out the items.”

This is often used in the noun form (checkout) to refer to where goods are paid at a store.

  • “Are you almost done? I’ll see you at the checkout.”
  • “I think I’m getting the hang of self-checkouts.”
5. (separable) To register something as borrowed, especially from a library.
  • “We spent the day at the library and checked out a few books.”
  • “According to the database, you checked two books out last Sunday.”
6.   (informal, separable) To assess someone’s physical appearance out of sexual interest.
  • “You shouldn’t be so obvious when you’re checking someone out.”
  • Check out that guy over there.”
7.   (informal, intransitive) To be mentally or emotionally absent, either from tiredness, frustration, hopelessness or a loss of interest.
  • “On the last day of the project, she completely checked out because of all the stress.”
  • “It’s easy to check out when it’s the same thing over and over again.”
8. (informal, intransitive) To die.

“I heard he almost checked out when he had surgery last time.”

Original post: 11 September 2018