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  1. Also check list. a list of items, as names or tasks, for comparison, verification, or other checking purposes.
verb (used with object)
  1. to enter (an item) on a checklist.
verb (used without object)
  1. to enter items on a checklist.

Origin of checklist

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; check1 + list1
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Examples from the Web for checklist

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  • Every year, following the publication of the Checklist, we receive a number of queries.


    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • This Checklist, 1960, is the last of the cumulative Checklists.


    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Kelly completed her scan, glanced down at the checklist in her hand.

    Code Three

    Rick Raphael

  • The titles in the major portion of the Checklist are listed in a single comprehensive index by author.


    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • We hope this Checklist is half as much fun for you to read as it was for us—all things considered—to prepare.


    Marion Zimmer Bradley

Word Origin and History for checklist


also check-list, 1853, American English, from check + list (n.). Two words until c.1880; hyphenated until late 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper