[<< wiktionary] checkmate
== English ==


=== Etymology ===
From Middle English chekmat, from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic شَاهُ مَاتَ‎ (šāhu māta), from Persian شاه مات‎ (šâh mât, “the king [is] dead”).


=== Pronunciation ===
IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɛkmeɪt/

Rhymes: -eɪt


=== Interjection ===
checkmate

(chess) Word called out by the victor when making a move that wins the game.
(by extension) Said when one has checkmated someone (placed them in a losing situation with no escape.)


==== Alternative forms ====
check and mate


==== Synonyms ====
(chess): mate


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=== Noun ===

checkmate (plural checkmates)

The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.
(figurative, by extension) Any losing situation with no escape; utter defeat.


==== Related terms ====
stalemate


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=== Verb ===
checkmate (third-person singular simple present checkmates, present participle checkmating, simple past and past participle checkmated)

(transitive, chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.

(transitive, by extension) To place in a losing situation that has no escape.


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