MEANING to look at or explore something, for the first time. examine something in order to be certain that everything is correct, true, or satisfactory. leave a hotel to vacate and pay for one’s lodging (as at a hotel). to have the cost of purchases totaled and pay the cost. EXAMPLES: I’ve been taking lots of pictures, just to check out the camera. Go to the doctor and get yourself checked out. Hey, check out this video! I’ve heard a lot about that band. I really need to check them out. I really want to go check out that new coffee shop on Broadway. We checked out (of/from our hotel) at 5 a.m. to catch a 7 a.m. flight. May I settle my bill, please? I’d like to check out. Please remember to leave your room keys at reception when you check out.