check·​list | \ ˈchek-ˌlist \

Definition of checklist

: a list of things to be checked or done a pilot's checklist before takeoff also : a comprehensive list

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Examples of checklist in a Sentence

Before takeoff the pilot went down his checklist of safety precautions. I still have one thing left to do on my checklist. a checklist of bird species
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Equally valuable—and a bit quicker—is an article (and checklist) about preventive services in Better Health While Aging, a website published by Leslie Kernisan, a specialist in geriatrics. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "A Medical-Screening Checklist for Older Adults," 3 Jan. 2019 To add to the chaos, DeVries' maps and checklists were blown all over the place with no canopy to block the wind. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Airman Forced to Belly-Land A-10 Warthog After Canopy Blows, Landing Gear Fails," 15 Aug. 2017 Case workers now have to go through a 10-item checklist of reasons for the removal, to buttress their case before the judge. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "'Another set of eyes': New system is a check on DCS child removals," 1 July 2018 Each day, Mathers sits down to answer the questions on his checklist. NBC News, "How to use a simple "night-before" Q&A checklist to tackle major life goals," 22 June 2018 The Kill Bill movies have their signature look of Uma Thurman driving around in between stops on her revenge checklist. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Supercut of Tarantino Scenes in Cars," 21 Apr. 2015 The website has a checklist of necessary documents parents need to bring in. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "MPS Office Of Equity And Partnerships Moves To New Location," 10 July 2018 The film follows a checklist of references for every drug or gangster movie from the last 30 years. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘SuperFly’ is outdated and out of touch," 13 June 2018 Other practices include making checklists in advance and nonverbal gestures, such as a pinch of the knee. New York Times, "The Boundary Between Abuse and B.D.S.M.," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of checklist

1853, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near checklist

check key




check lock

check mark


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The first known use of checklist was in 1853

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English Language Learners Definition of checklist

: a list of things to be checked or done

: a list that includes many or all things of a certain kind

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