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Check up vs. checkup

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  • Checkup is a noun. It’s what you get when you visit your doctor for a routine examination. The word doesn’t work as a verb. When you need a verb, use the two-word check up. It’s one of many phrasal verbs with corresponding one-word nouns. For example, see also burn out and work out.

    In British publications, checkup is often hyphenated—check-up—but the unhyphenated version appears as well.

    Examples

    Checkup is a noun—for example:

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    Alice just got back from a checkup with the doctor. [Forbes]

    He was booked into the vets anyway for a checkup and vaccinations. [Stuff.co.nz]

    Many feel overwhelmed and avoid checkups that could keep them healthy. [Dallas Morning News]

    And check up is a verb—for example:

    Luckily, there’s another way we can check up on how borrowers are doing — by considering delinquencies. [Atlantic]

    If the blood test works, it will be an easier, faster way to check up on the disease in patients who’ve been diagnosed with MS. [Winnipeg Free Press]

    The district gets monthly reports from providers and also checks up on them with unannounced visits. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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