check·​list | \ ˈchek-ˌlist How to pronounce checklist (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web October is the month reserved for raising awareness and celebrating women who have battled and continue to fight breast cancer, but cancer of the lungs, colon, and cervix should also be on women’s checklist for screenings. Mary Grace Keller,, "Women should be screened for more than just breast cancer, local expert says," 15 Oct. 2019 This summer, the most important part of the camp checklist for many New Yorkers is proof of measles immunization. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Ready for Summer Camp? Measles Shots Now Required for Many," 25 May 2019 However, meth contamination level inspections are not a part of any standard home inspector’s checklist, according to KEZI. Matthew Martinez, The Seattle Times, "Family didn’t know dream home was contaminated with meth," 6 Aug. 2018 Having to charge the battery adds another potentially unwelcome task to your pre-ride checklist. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "Is Fox's Electronic Suspension Worth Thousands?," 31 Dec. 2019 As Cincinnati Reds front-office executives return home from the MLB Winter Meetings, their checklist remains the same from the beginning of the week. Bobby Nightengale,, "Following MLB Winter Meetings, Cincinnati Reds still looking to improve offense, pitching," 13 Dec. 2019 But four years of planning and training paid off, and the astronauts had no problems working through their repair checklist, completing all of the required connections. William Harwood, CBS News, "Spacewalkers replace coolant pumps on $2 billion cosmic ray detector," 2 Dec. 2019 Brightline, the high-speed rail system, is poised to check off a critical box on its expansion checklist — adding three more stations across South Florida by next year. David Lyons,, "Brightline says it’s on time to open new South Florida stations by next year," 30 Nov. 2019 Twin Peaks won’t be on my checklist on where to spend my last days on earth. Peter Hartlaub,, "Twin Peaks is majestic. Twin Peaks is triumphant. Is it also overrated?," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of checklist

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checklist was in 1853

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Checklist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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