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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For more information, including handy homebuying checklists and calculators, visit Members of the editorial and news staff of the USA Today Network were not involved in the creation of this content. Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union, Detroit Free Press, "8 myths of modern mortgages every home buyer should know," 7 June 2019 While this may sound like a winter checklist item, proper windows and doors can be just as important in the summer, when looking to keep hot temperatures out and cool temperatures in. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Put these 10 home improvement tasks on your summer checklist," 5 June 2019 Instead, the agency doled out advice in the form of a basic checklist that any good mechanic would follow. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The U.S. Postal Service Doesn't Know Why Its Trucks Keep Catching on Fire," 14 May 2019 Photo: Bloomberg News Technical questions and arcane debates about the wording of some emergency-checklist items are coming under the spotlight. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Pilots Take Aim at Instructions for Boeing 737 MAX," 3 Apr. 2019 My first checklist of this exhibition was enormous. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018 Rescuers have prepared detailed plans and made their checklists, Narongsak said. New York Times,, "Good weather, tough circumstances in Thailand cave rescue," 5 July 2018 This year, the Heritage Foundation reported that Mr. Trump had checked off 64 percent of their policy checklist. New York Times, "Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net," 21 June 2018 The room is divided into disciplines, akin to a NASA mission control room, with engineers in one section, payload specialists in another, and a stratum of officers overseeing the checklists. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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