checkmate [chek′māt΄]
[ME chek mat < OFr eschec mat, ult. < Pers šāh māt, lit., the king is dead < šāh, king + māt, he is dead]
1. Chess
a) the move that wins the game by checking the opponent's king so that it cannot be protected
b) the condition of the king after such a move
2. complete defeat, frustration, etc.
Chess used to signify that one's opponent's king is in checkmate
checkmated, checkmating
1. Chess to place in checkmate
2. to defeat completely; frustrate; thwart

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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