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 Any attempt to use some kind of a checklist to determine if all of this should be taken seriously as either a coup or some stable definition of fascism runs the risk of obscuring the incoherence, dynamism, and fundamental danger of these movements. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "Die Laughing at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Like all United passengers, Hernandez signed the checklist before boarding. oregonlive, "Fellow passenger gives CPR to man dying of COVID-19 on Florida to LA flight," 24 Dec. 2020 The company is implementing an electronic compliance system to verify its contractors are properly certified and will now require its contractors to use a detailed checklist to document compliance. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Home Depot agrees to record $20 million fine over failure to follow lead paint guidelines," 17 Dec. 2020 Home Depot’s compliance measures will include implementing an electronic system that verifies contractors’ certifications, requiring contractors to provide a detailed compliance checklist and conducting on-site inspections. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Home Depot to Pay $21 Million Penalty for Alleged Lead-Safety Violations," 17 Dec. 2020 Before flying any United flight, passengers must wear a mask and complete a checklist acknowledging they have not been diagnosed with the virus, the airline’s spokesperson said. Washington Post, "A Hawaii couple knew they had coronavirus before flying. They boarded a flight anyway and were arrested, police say.," 3 Dec. 2020 Allen recalls his athletic director seeming a bit worried, seeing a playoff berth at the end of that checklist. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: Tom Allen has been making believers of players since his first coaching stop," 20 Nov. 2020 The researchers eliminated misidentifications, inaccurate location points and other errors by checking the public entries against that DiscoverLife checklist. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Create a Buzz with the First Ever Global Map of Bee Species," 19 Nov. 2020 Defensive coordinator Joe Rossi went through a checklist of areas that need to improve. Star Tribune, "Gophers' defensive drop-off was expected, but not this calamity," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Checklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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