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check·mate

 (chĕk′māt′)
tr.v. check·mat·ed, check·mat·ing, check·mates
1. To move a piece placing (an opponent's king) under threat of being taken on the next move with no way of escape or defense possible.
2. To defeat completely.
n.
1.
a. A move in chess that checkmates an opponent's king.
b. The position or condition of a checkmated king.
2. An utter defeat.
interj.
Used to declare the checkmate of an opponent's king in chess.

[Middle English chekmat, from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic šāh māt, the king is dead : šāh, king (from Persian shāh; see shah) + māt, died (from earlier māta, to die; see mwt in Semitic roots).]

checkmate

(ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪt)
n
1. (Chess & Draughts) chess
a. the winning position in which an opponent's king is under attack and unable to escape
b. the move by which this position is achieved
2. utter defeat
vb (tr)
3. (Chess & Draughts) chess to place (an opponent's king) in checkmate
4. to thwart or render powerless
interj
(Chess & Draughts) chess a call made when placing an opponent's king in checkmate
[C14: from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic shāh māt, the king is dead; see check]

check•mate

(ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪt)

n., v. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
interj. n.
1.
a. an act or instance in chess of maneuvering the opponent's king into a check from which it cannot escape, thus bringing the game to a victorious conclusion.
b. the position of the pieces when a king is checkmated.
2. a thwarting or defeat.
v.t.
3. to maneuver (an opponent's king in chess) into a check from which no escape is possible; mate.
4. to check completely; defeat.
interj.
5. (used by a chess player when placing the opponent's king in checkmate.)
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French escec mat < Arabic shāh māt < Persian: literally, the king (is) checked, nonplussed]

checkmate


Past participle: checkmated
Gerund: checkmating

Imperative
checkmate
checkmate
Present
I checkmate
you checkmate
he/she/it checkmates
we checkmate
you checkmate
they checkmate
Preterite
I checkmated
you checkmated
he/she/it checkmated
we checkmated
you checkmated
they checkmated
Present Continuous
I am checkmating
you are checkmating
he/she/it is checkmating
we are checkmating
you are checkmating
they are checkmating
Present Perfect
I have checkmated
you have checkmated
he/she/it has checkmated
we have checkmated
you have checkmated
they have checkmated
Past Continuous
I was checkmating
you were checkmating
he/she/it was checkmating
we were checkmating
you were checkmating
they were checkmating
Past Perfect
I had checkmated
you had checkmated
he/she/it had checkmated
we had checkmated
you had checkmated
they had checkmated
Future
I will checkmate
you will checkmate
he/she/it will checkmate
we will checkmate
you will checkmate
they will checkmate
Future Perfect
I will have checkmated
you will have checkmated
he/she/it will have checkmated
we will have checkmated
you will have checkmated
they will have checkmated
Future Continuous
I will be checkmating
you will be checkmating
he/she/it will be checkmating
we will be checkmating
you will be checkmating
they will be checkmating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been checkmating
you have been checkmating
he/she/it has been checkmating
we have been checkmating
you have been checkmating
they have been checkmating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been checkmating
you will have been checkmating
he/she/it will have been checkmating
we will have been checkmating
you will have been checkmating
they will have been checkmating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been checkmating
you had been checkmating
he/she/it had been checkmating
we had been checkmating
you had been checkmating
they had been checkmating
Conditional
I would checkmate
you would checkmate
he/she/it would checkmate
we would checkmate
you would checkmate
they would checkmate
Past Conditional
I would have checkmated
you would have checkmated
he/she/it would have checkmated
we would have checkmated
you would have checkmated
they would have checkmated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.checkmate - complete victorycheckmate - complete victory      
triumph, victory - a successful ending of a struggle or contest; "a narrow victory"; "the general always gets credit for his army's victory"; "clinched a victory"; "convincing victory"; "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
2.checkmate - a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's kingcheckmate - a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
chess move - the act of moving a chess piece
Verb1.checkmate - place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
chess game, chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

checkmate

verb
To prevent from accomplishing a purpose:
Informal: cross, stump.
Translations
مَوْتُ الشّاهيُميتُ الشّاه
dát matmatmatová situacematovatšachmat
skakmatgøre skak
lüüasaaminemattšahh ja matt
mattishakki ja matti
sakk-mattot ad
mátmáta
チェックメイト詰み
dať šach matmatmatová situácia
matšah mat
mattschack matt
matmat etmek

checkmate

[ˈtʃekˈmeɪt]
A. N (in chess) → mate m, jaque m mate (fig) → callejón m sin salida
checkmate!¡jaque mate!
B. VT
1. (in chess) → dar mate a
2. (fig) → poner en un callejón sin salida a
to be checkmatedestar en un callejón sin salida

checkmate

[ˈtʃɛkmeɪt]
n (CHESS)échec et mat m
vt
(CHESS) [+ player] → mettre mat
(fig) (= defeat) [+ enemy, opponent] → mettre en échec

checkmate

[ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪt]
1. n (in chess) (fig) → scacco matto, scaccomatto
2. vtdare scacco matto a (fig) → bloccare

check

(tʃek) verb
1. to see if something (eg a sum) is correct or accurate. Will you check my addition?
2. to see if something (eg a machine) is in good condition or working properly. Have you checked the engine (over)?
3. to hold back; to stop. We've checked the flow of water from the burst pipe.
noun
1. an act of testing or checking.
2. something which prevents or holds back. a check on imports.
3. in chess, a position in which the king is attacked. He put his opponent's king in check.
4. a pattern of squares. I like the red check on that material.
5. a ticket received in return for handing in baggage etc.
6. (especially American) a bill. The check please, waiter!
7. (American) a cheque.
checked adjective
having a pattern of check. She wore a checked skirt; Is the material checked or striped?
ˈcheckbook noun
(American) a chequebook.
ˈcheck-in noun
1. the place where passengers show travel documents at an airport or seaport. the check-in desk; (American) the check-in counter.
2. the process of checking in at an airport etc.
ˈcheckmate noun
in chess, a position from which the king cannot escape.
verb
to put (an opponent's king) in this position.
ˈcheckout noun
a place where payment is made for goods bought in a supermarket.
ˈcheckpoint noun
a barrier where cars, passports etc are inspected, or a point that contestants in a race must pass.
ˈcheck-up noun
a medical examination to discover the state of a person's health. my annual check-up.
check in
to register at a hotel as a guest or at an airport as a passenger. We checked in last night.
check out
1. to leave (a hotel), paying one's bill etc. You must check out before 12 o'clock.
2. (especially American) to test. I'll check out your story.
check up (on)
to investigate to see if (someone or something) is reliable, honest, true etc. Have you been checking up on me?
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he said to himself; "what a checkmate I'm exposed to
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