list

1 of 9

noun (1)

1
a
: a simple series of words or numerals (such as the names of persons or objects)
a guest list
b
: an official roster : roll
drawing up a list for … party nomination Richard Scammon
2
: catalog, checklist
The song jumped to the top of the hit list.
3
: the total number to be considered or included
add spelling reform to his list of interests W. B. Shaw

list

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verb (1)

listed; listing; lists

transitive verb

1
a
: to make a list of : enumerate
She began listing places she wanted to travel.
Can you list three former U.S. presidents?
Please list the medicines you currently take.
b
: to add (someone or something) to a list : register
They listed their property (for sale).
The animal has now been officially listed as endangered.
He listed messiness as a pet peeve.
c
: to have or show a list of
This guide lists simple tips for operating your fire pit better … Brian Bennet
… put up eight huge electronic billboards listing gate information for flights to and from nearly 20 cities … Bridget O'Brian
The database lists people who need food, cooks, drivers, and deliveries. Paul Ford
d
: to have or show (someone or something) as part of a list, register, or record
Our system lists you as her emergency contact.
The recipe lists some ingredients I've never heard of.
The Lenovo site currently lists that configuration at $2,016 … Mark Coppock
2
: to place (oneself) in a specified category
lists himself as a political liberal
3
archaic : recruit

intransitive verb

1
: to become entered in a catalog with a selling price
a car that lists for $12,000
2
archaic : enlist
listee noun

list

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verb (2)

listed; listing; lists

intransitive verb

: to tilt to one side
especially, of a boat or ship : to tilt to one side in a state of equilibrium (as from an unbalanced load) compare heel

transitive verb

: to cause to list
The shifting cargo listed the ship.

list

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noun (2)

: a deviation from the vertical : tilt
The ship had a heavy list to starboard.
also : the extent of such a deviation

list

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noun (3)

1
: a band or strip of material: such as
a
: listel
b
c
: a narrow strip of wood cut from the edge of a board
2
lists plural in form but singular or plural in construction
a
: an arena for combat (such as jousting)
entered the lists against the bull Frank Yerby
b
: a field of competition or controversy
The candidate entered the political lists.
3
: stripe
The horse had a list along its back.
4
obsolete : limit, boundary

list

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verb (3)

listed; listing; lists

transitive verb

1
: to cut away a narrow strip from the edge of
2
: to prepare or plant (land) in ridges and furrows with a lister

list

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verb (4)

listed; listing; lists

list

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noun (4)

archaic

list

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verb (5)

listed; listing; lists

transitive verb

archaic : to listen to : hear

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1) and Verb (1)

French liste, from Italian lista, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German līsta edge

Noun (2) and Verb (2)

origin unknown

Noun (3) and Verb (3)

Middle English, from Old English līste; akin to Old High German līsta edge, Albanian leth

Verb (4)

Middle English lysten, from Old English lystan; akin to Old English lust desire, lust

Noun (4)

Middle English, probably from lysten

Verb (5)

Middle English, from Old English hlystan, from hlyst hearing; akin to Old English hlysnan to listen

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1614, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1626, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1582, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (4)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (4)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (5)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of list was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near list

Cite this Entry

“List.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/list. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

list 1 of 7

verb

archaic

list

2 of 7

verb

archaic
: to listen to : hear

list

3 of 7

noun

1
: a band or strip of material
2
plural
a
: an arena for jousting
b
: a field of competition or dispute

list

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noun

: a leaning to one side : tilt

list

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verb

: to lean to one side : tilt
a listing ship

list

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noun

: a record or catalog of names or items
guest list
grocery list

list

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verb

1
: to make a list of
2
: to put on a list
3
: to have a list price
a car that lists at $20,000

Legal Definition

list

noun

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