Difference Between Bill and Check

Key Difference: Primarily used in American English, bill and check are very commonly used and also co-related. Where bill is an invoice stating what you have bought and asking for payment. Check on the other hand is a form of payment needed to pay the bill.

When talking about bill in case of a country like USA it can have various meanings and usage. Where bill can be a list of items that you have purchased and need to make the payment for, it can also be used while talking about Banknote or paper money.

BillInternationally the word bill is also used for acts that are needed to be passed by the legislature to become a law. A bill is a proposed legislation under consideration by a legislature. A bill does not become law until it is passed by the legislature and, in most cases, approved by the executive. Once a bill has been enacted into law, it is called an act of the legislature, or a statute.

The word bill finds its usage in some other situations as well. A bill also is a programme of entertainment at a theatre or cinema.

Eg. She was top of the bill at America's leading vaudeville house.

Herein the word check also called cheque in UK and some other countries means a document that orders a bank to pay a specific amount of money from a person's account to the person in whose name the cheque has been issued.

CheckWhile in USA the word check is also used in place of the word bill. While in a restaurant, when you are done with your dinner and want to get going you can ask your server to get the check. Here the word check means the list of items that you had ordered for your dinner and it also states how much you owe for them to the restaurant.

Eg. Can you get the check for me?

However according to the Oxford Dictionaries, the term check also has a variety of different meaning, some of these definitions are:

  • Examine (something) in order to determine its accuracy, quality, or condition, or to detect the presence of something. E.g. Let me check the schedule
  • Stop or slow the progress of (something, typically something undesirable) E.g. Check the disease
  • Consign (baggage) to the care of the transport provider with whom they are travelling. E.g. Check the suitcase at the airport
  • Mark or click on (a box) in order to select a particular option on a form, questionnaire, etc. E.g. Check the box that applies to you

The term is also used in Chess to indicate when the king is in danger.

Comparison between Bill and Check:

 

Bill

Check

Definition (Oxford Dictionaries)

• A printed or written statement of the money owed for goods or services.

 

• A draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion.

 

• A banknote.

 

• A programme of entertainment at a theatre or cinema.

• An order to a bank to pay a stated sum from the drawer's account, written on a specially printed form. (US spelling of cheque)

 

• Examine (something) in order to determine its accuracy, quality, or condition, or to detect the presence of something.

 

• Stop or slow the progress of (something, typically something undesirable)

 

• Consign  (baggage) to the care of the transport provider with whom they are travelling.

 

• Mark or click on (a box) in order to select a particular option on a form, questionnaire, etc.

Type

Noun

Noun

Language

American English

American English

References:wikipedia.org( Bill and Check),oxforddictionaries.com(Bill and Check),
writingexplained.org,quora.com
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