list Definition

  • 1a series of names, words, or other items written or printed together in a meaningful grouping or sequence
  • 2a formal record of names or items
  • 3to tilt or lean to one side

Using list: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "list" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I made a list of things I need to buy at the grocery store.

  • Example

    The guest list for the party is complete.

  • Example

    The teacher gave us a list of books to read over the summer.

  • Example

    The ship began to list to one side.

list Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for list

Antonyms for list

Idioms Using list

  • to create a list of items or tasks


    I need to make a list of everything I need to pack for my trip.

  • included or scheduled to be done


    Fixing the roof is on the list of things to do this weekend.

  • a small number of people or things that have been selected as the best or most suitable


    She made a short list of potential candidates for the job.

Phrases with list

  • a list of things that a person wants to do before they die


    Skydiving is on my bucket list.

  • a list of people or organizations that are considered untrustworthy or undesirable and are therefore excluded from certain opportunities or activities


    He was blacklisted by the company after he leaked confidential information.

  • a list of people or things targeted for attack or elimination


    The mob boss had a hit list of his enemies.

Origins of list

from Old English 'liste', meaning 'border, edging, stripe'


Summary: list in Brief

The term 'list' [lɪst] refers to a series of items or names written or printed together, often in a meaningful sequence. It can be a formal record, such as a guest list, or an informal one, like a to-do list. 'List' also means to tilt or lean to one side, as in 'The ship began to list to one side.' Phrases like 'bucket list' and 'hit list' denote specific types of lists, while idioms like 'make a list' and 'short list' describe the act of creating or selecting a list.

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