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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Google had much more than checklists about basic wedding prep. Kaye Toal, SELF, "I'm Fat and I'm Not Going to Lose Weight for My Wedding," 1 Mar. 2019 These private schools now have access to a checklist that covers everything from building safety to minimum requirements for subjects like science and math. Katie Honan, WSJ, "State Issues New Curriculum Guidelines in Wake of Yeshiva Probe," 20 Nov. 2018 Instead of a standard checklist, bullet journaling requires daily, monthly, and yearly reflections along with bullet points and asterisks galore. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019 Downhill, North to South If taking full advantage of gravity is more your ski style, then follow this checklist for downhill ski options from the top of the state to the bottom. Carla Minsky For, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skedaddle to a Ski Hill or Trail," 7 Jan. 2018 Knowing how to find and hire the right person is a shared concern by Alzheimer’s family members that inspired a checklist for navigating the process. Blake Farmer, Washington Post, "Support Circle: Family Caregivers Share Stories And Tips To Ease Alzheimer’s Toll," 11 July 2018 The questions are in first person, but don’t hesitate to help a family member fill this out, or use it as a checklist for them. San Diego Elder Law Center,, "CHECKLIST: Assessing your risk for falls," 24 Apr. 2018 His organisation publishes a checklist for elderly drivers, aimed at getting them to gauge their responses themselves. The Economist, "End of the roadJapan is trying to get doddering drivers to give up their licences," 1 Mar. 2018 The city's Planning Commission took the lead, adopting the WHO Age-Friendly City checklist for outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation and housing as new development projects are proposed. Joanna Connors,, "Living On: How Cleveland is becoming an Age-Friendly City," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of checklist

1853, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near checklist

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check lock

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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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