white list

\ -ˌlist How to pronounce white list (audio) \

Definition of white list

: a list of approved or favored items — compare blacklist

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white-listed \ ˈ(h)wīt-​ˌli-​stəd How to pronounce white-listed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of white list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The academy was criticized when an all-white list of nominees was released for the categories of leading actor and actress and supporting actor and actress. Emma Hagedoorn, Washington Examiner, "Joaquin Phoenix blasts 'systemic racism' in film industry during acceptance speech," 3 Feb. 2020 South Korea was the only Asian country on the white list. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Japan just made its trade dispute with South Korea a lot more serious," 2 Aug. 2019 In at least five cases that were exposed and penalized, Japanese exports to South Korea have ended up illegally in North Korea since South Korea was added to the white list in 2004, government documents show. Washington Post, "Japan-Korea trade spat to intensify with new export limits," 29 July 2019 Consumer white lists could be based on the customer’s own contact list, updated automatically as consumers add and remove contacts from their smartphones. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Robocalls can now get blocked by your carrier by default," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of white list

1842, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“White list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20list. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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