• IPA: /ˈt͡ʃɛkmeɪt/
  1. (chess) Word called out by the victor when making a move that wins the game.
  2. (by extension) Said when one has checkmated someone placed them in a losing situation with no escape.
  • (chess) mate#Interjection|mate
Translations Noun

checkmate (plural checkmates)

  1. The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Any losing situation with no escape; utter defeat.
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checkmate (checkmates, present participle checkmating; past and past participle checkmated)

  1. (transitive, chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
    That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
  2. (transitive, by extension) To place in a losing situation that has no escape.
  • French: faire échec et mat
  • Italian: dare scacco matto
  • Portuguese: dar (o) xeque-mate
  • Russian: ста́вить мат
  • Portuguese: dar (o) xeque-mate

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