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Definition of checkmate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    checkmate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪt//
     
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    (also mate) checkmate somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they checkmate
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪt//
     
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    he / she / it checkmates
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪts//
     
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    past simple checkmated
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪtɪd//
     
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    past participle checkmated
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪtɪd//
     
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    -ing form checkmating
    BrE BrE//ˌtʃekˈmeɪtɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1(in chess) to put your opponent in a position in which they cannot prevent their king (= the most important piece) being captured and therefore lose the game His king had been checkmated.
  2. 2to defeat somebody completely She hoped the plan would checkmate her opponents.

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