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CHECKMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does checkmate mean? 

CHECKMATE (noun)
  The noun CHECKMATE has 2 senses:

1. complete victory
2. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

  Familiarity information: CHECKMATE used as a noun is rare.


CHECKMATE (verb)
  The verb CHECKMATE has 1 sense:

1. place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

  Familiarity information: CHECKMATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHECKMATE (noun)


Sense 1checkmate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complete victory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("checkmate" is a kind of...):

triumph; victory (a successful ending of a struggle or contest)


Sense 2checkmate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

checkmate; mate

Hypernyms ("checkmate" is a kind of...):

chess move (the act of moving a chess piece)


CHECKMATE (verb)


Sense 1checkmate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

checkmate; mate

Context example:

Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves

Hypernyms (to "checkmate" is one way to...):

beat; beat out; crush; shell; trounce; vanquish (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict)

Domain category:

chess; chess game (a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot checkmate Sue


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