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Synonyms for checkmate

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  1. checkmateverb

    To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. checkmate

    To defeat an enemy is to gain an advantage for the time; to vanquish is to win a signal victory; to conquer is to overcome so effectually that the victory is regarded as final. Conquer, in many cases, carries the idea of possession; as, to conquer respect, affection, peace, etc. A country is conquered when its armies are defeated and its territory is occupied by the enemy; it may be subjected to indemnity or to various disabilities; it is subjugated when it is held helplessly and continuously under military control; it is subdued when all resistance has died out. An army is defeated when forcibly driven back; it is routed when it is converted into a mob of fugitives. Compare BEAT.

    beat, conquer, crush, defeat, discomfit, down, humble, master, overcome, overmaster, overmatch, overpower, overthrow, prevail over, put down, reduce, rout, subdue, subject, subjugate, surmount, vanquish, win, worst

    capitulate, cede, fail, fall, fly, forfeit, lose, resign, retire, retreat, submit, succumb, surrender, yield

Princeton's WordNet

  1. checkmatenoun

    complete victory


  2. checkmate, mateverb

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

    fellow, teammate, married person, spouse, partner, better half, first mate, match, mate

  3. checkmate, mateverb

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

    "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

    pair, copulate, match, twin, couple, mate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. checkmateverb

    beat (at chess), conquer, vanquish, put in check

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. checkmateverb

    defeat, vanquish, conquer, baffle

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "checkmate":

    mate, mat

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  1. Bill Browder:

    If Prime Minister Theresa May go after Putin's money via the biggest oligarchs, as the U.S. has just started to do, that will stop Vladimir Putin, that is a checkmate situation.

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