de·​list | \(ˌ)dē-ˈlist \

Definition of delist 

transitive verb

: to remove from a list especially : to remove (a security) from the list of securities that may be dealt in on a particular exchange

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YouTube integration is the main differentiator from the Echo Show here, as Amazon and Google appear to still be in a battle over the retail giant delisting Google’s products from its site. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The 5 biggest announcements from the Google Pixel 3 event," 9 Oct. 2018 While not implicating political speech, last year Canada ordered Google to delist U.S. results of a site which allegedly misappropriated trade secrets. Mark Epstein, WSJ, "How to Keep Online Speech Free," 29 Apr. 2018 Google said no, but the High Court said on Friday that the company had to delist those results. David Meyer, Fortune, "Google Occupies an Odd Role in Enforcing Privacy Laws. A Businessman's Landmark 'Right To Be Forgotten' Win Just Revealed It.," 16 Apr. 2018 Opponents seized on Vedanta’s London stockmarket listing to exert pressure. John McDonnell, shadow chancellor of the exchequer for the opposition Labour party, called the shooting a massacre and demanding Vedanta shares be delisted. The Economist, "Shootings in India tarnish Vedanta’s reputation," 31 May 2018 Nasdaq, which said the company declined to provide requested information, for some reason chose not to delist it; shorts were stuck paying fees for the entirety of the halt. Eric Winig, WSJ, "How the SEC Stops Short Sellers From Keeping Markets Honest," 1 July 2018 Earlier this year, when a popular cryptocurrency tracker,, delisted Korean exchanges from its pricing calculations, the move triggered a massive selloff and market crash. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Video Cloud video is not playable.," 26 Feb. 2018 Often, workers will contact her privately with questions about delisting, mostly asking how to do it. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 The formerly armed group had been on the EU and U.S. terrorism lists before being delisted from both. NBC News, "Giuliani attended French event where terror plot thwarted," 2 July 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of delist

What It Is

Delisting refers to the removal of a security from active trading. It generally occurs when a company goes private, is bought out, declares bankruptcy or fails to meet listing requirements.

How It Works

Voluntary delisting might occur if a company is acquired or goes private. Involuntary delisting occurs when a company fails to meet the listing requirements as determined by the exchanges it trades. Listing requirements can be very complex and different types of issuers and securities may have different rules, but generally the guidelines include filing financial statements in a timely manner, a share price above a certain price, a minimum number of shareholders, a minimum market capitalization, or certain revenue, profit, cash flow and trading activity requirements.

To understand how the delisting process generally works, let's consider the stock of Company XYZ. The NASDAQ delists companies that have closing bid prices below $1.00 for 30 consecutive days or more. So if Company XYZ stock closes below $1.00 on the 31st day, the NASDAQ sends a noncompliance letter to Company XYZ informing it that its stock has to start closing above $1.00 in the next 180 days (issuers that fall out of compliance with an exchange's listing requirements are usually not delisted immediately; they are given time to resolve the situation). The exchange will then add Company XYZ to its list of noncompliant issuers.

If, after 180 days, Company XYZ stock is still trading below $1.00, NASDAQ will delist the issue. Usually an issuer has the right to appeal a delisting. This acts as a stay against the delisting in many cases. But if the issuer loses the appeal, the security is delisted. The exchange suspends trading in that security and notifies the issuer and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in writing and releases a press release.

Why It Matters

Although not all companies are delisted for negative reasons, delisting prevents exchanges from being filled with shoddy securities from issuers that may be on their last leg. By ensuring that all issuers maintain high administrative standards, exchanges are helping to reduce the systematic risk associated with the market and protect investors.

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English Language Learners Definition of delist

: to remove (something) from a list

de·​list | \dē-ˈlist \

Legal Definition of delist 

: to remove from a list especially : to remove (a security) from the list of securities that may be traded on a particular exchange

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