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 nearly two decades, Tepper and others have used that checklist to gauge the experiences of employees in a wide variety of jobs, including sales, tech, education and health care. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 2019 Among the checklist items, the team will anchor the retractable roof and six glass wall panels — each measuring 40′x 60′ — beyond left field. Wells Dusenbury,, "With Hurricane Dorian approaching, here’s how Marlins are preparing ballpark and Jupiter facility," 29 Aug. 2019 Mastering the ancillary skills like pass blocking has been a big part of the offseason checklist since Jacobs and Damien Harris had quietly filled those roles previously. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What you need to know before Alabama opens football practice," 1 Aug. 2019 Tips, fact sheets, checklists and articles — on topics such as long-distance caregiving, fall prevention, handling dementia behaviors and long-term care planning — are written in reader-friendly language and in an easy-to-navigate formats. Michele Parente,, "12 organizations every caregiver should know," 24 Apr. 2018 The fiscal risk report consisted of a lengthy checklist of questions about the financial practices and conditions that contribute to school districts’ financial health. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside schools face fiscal crisis," 26 July 2019 Use this road trip checklist with tips from the AAA to make sure your summer vacation gets off to a smooth start: Car maintenance 1. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "If you're traveling by car this July 4th, here's a road trip checklist," 3 July 2019 Use this summer air conditioner checklist as a cheat sheet to make sure that your unit is in order. Jessica Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you ready for summer? Use this air conditioning checklist to find out," 25 June 2019 But in the end, there is something unsatisfying about this redemption checklist. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Three New Books Illuminate the Rise of Violent White Extremism," 11 May 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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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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