check·​list ˈchek-ˌlist How to pronounce checklist (audio)
: a list of things to be checked or done
a pilot's checklist before takeoff
also : a comprehensive list

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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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of checklist was in 1853

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“Checklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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check·​list ˈchek-ˌlist How to pronounce checklist (audio)
: a list of items to be referred to

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