Meaning of LIST in English


I. list 1 S1 W1 /lɪst/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: liste , from Italian lista ]

1 . a set of names, numbers etc, usually written one below the other, for example so that you can remember or check them

list of

Make a list of all the things you have to do.

on/in a list

The first person on my list is Mrs Gilling.

2 . be high/low on a list (of something) ( also be at the top/bottom of a list ) to be considered very important or not very important:

A good car is high on my list of priorities.

⇨ ↑ Civil List , ⇨ be on the danger list at ↑ danger (5)

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■ verbs

▪ make/draw up/write a list

Could you make a list of any supplies we need?

▪ compile a list formal (=write a list)

They’ve compiled a list of children’s clubs and organizations.

▪ put somebody/something on a list

I was put on a waiting list to see a specialist at the hospital.

▪ top a list (=be the first thing in a list)

The novel topped the best-seller list.

■ phrases

▪ at the top/bottom of a list

Her name was at the top of the list of students.

▪ first/last on a list

Your name will be first on my list.


Why am I always last on the list?


▪ long/short

He read out a long list of errors.

▪ a complete/full/comprehensive list

The full list of winners is on page seven.

▪ a price list

We’ll send you a catalog and price list.

▪ a shopping list (=a list of things you want to buy)

a Christmas shopping list

▪ a grocery list American English (=a list of food you want to buy)

Did you put milk on the grocery list?

▪ a wine list (=a list of wines available in a restaurant)

a good wine list

▪ a waiting list (=a list of people who are waiting for something)

If you don’t get the class you want, you can put your name on a waiting list.

▪ a mailing list (=a list of people that a company sends information to)

If you do not want to be on our mailing list, please tick the box below.

▪ a guest list (=a list of people invited somewhere)

the guest list for the wedding reception

▪ a to-do list (=a list of things you must do)

Painting the bedroom is at the top of my to-do list.

▪ a hit list (=a list of people, organizations etc that someone wants to harm or stop)

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▪ list a set of names, places, jobs you need to do etc, which are written one below the other:

Henry’s name wasn’t on the list.


She made a list of the people she wanted to invite to the wedding.


Could I have a list of hotels in Bournemouth and the surrounding area?


I forgot to bring my shopping list with me.

▪ checklist a list of things you need or things you have to do which you keep in order to help you remember them:

Use a checklist when visiting properties to buy, so that you keep a record of which features you liked and didn’t like.


I made a checklist of things I needed to do before the holiday.

▪ short list/shortlist a list of the most suitable people for a job or prize, chosen from a larger group of people:

Her name is on the shortlist for the Booker Prize.


You were lucky to even get onto the shortlist.


A shortlist is drawn up, from which the successful candidate will be chosen.

▪ register an official list containing the names of all the people, organizations, or things of a particular type:

a register of qualified translators


a civil register of births, deaths, and marriages


Make sure your name is on the electoral register (=the official list of people who can vote) .

▪ programme British English , program American English a list of all the activities or events that have been planned, especially one that shows when each event will happen:

First on the programme is a speech by the organizer, Mrs Jenkins.


A spectacular program of exhibitions, displays and competitions has been planned.


Because of bad weather, our programme of events has had to be changed slightly.

▪ agenda a list of the subjects that will be discussed at a meeting:

Have you got a copy of the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting?


the next item on the agenda


The fuel crisis will be at the top of the agenda for today’s board meeting.

▪ index an alphabetical list of names and subjects at the back of a book, that shows which page they are mentioned on:

It’s a lot quicker if you use the index.


I looked up his name in the index.

▪ inventory a list of everything in a house, factory, or shop, written so that you know exactly what is there:

Some of the things in the shop were not listed in the inventory.


The company keeps a full inventory of its equipment.

| make an inventory :

She made an inventory of everything in the apartment.

II. list 2 S2 W3 BrE AmE verb

[ Sense 1-2: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ list 1 ]

[ Sense 3: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: Origin unknown. ]

1 . [transitive] to write a list, or mention things one after the other:

The guidebook lists 1,000 hotels and restaurants.

2 . [transitive] to put someone on an official list, especially a hospital or court list

list somebody in fair/stable etc condition

Several passengers were listed in critical condition.

The case was listed for trial in the Crown Court.

3 . [intransitive] if a ship lists, it leans to one side

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