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[ list ]
/ lɪst /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to be offered for sale, as in a catalog, at a specified price: This radio lists at $49.95.
Archaic. enlist.
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Origin of list

1
First recorded in 1595–1605; special use of list2 (in the sense “roll of names,” perhaps originally of contestants in the lists); compare French liste, from Italian lista “roll of names,” earlier, “band, strip (e.g., of paper), border,” from Old High German līsta (German Leiste )

synonym study for list

1. List, catalog, inventory, roll, schedule imply a definite arrangement of items. List denotes a series of names, items, or figures arranged in a row or rows: a list of groceries. Catalog adds the idea of alphabetical or other orderly arrangement, and, often, descriptive particulars and details: a library catalog. An inventory is a detailed descriptive list of property, stock, goods, or the like made for legal or business purposes: a store inventory. A roll is a list of names of members of some defined group often used to ascertain their presence or absence: a class roll. A schedule is a methodical (especially official) list, often indicating the time or sequence of certain events: a train schedule.

Other definitions for list (2 of 6)

list2
[ list ]
/ lɪst /

noun
adjective
made of selvages or strips of cloth.
verb (used with object)

Origin of list

2
First recorded before 900; Middle English list(e), Old English līste “border”; cognate with Dutch lijst, German Leiste (Old High German līsta )

Other definitions for list (3 of 6)

list3
[ list ]
/ lɪst /

noun
a careening, or leaning to one side, as of a ship.
verb (used without object)
(of a ship or boat) to incline to one side; careen: The ship listed to starboard.
verb (used with object)
to cause (a vessel) to incline to one side: The shifting of the cargo listed the ship to starboard.

Origin of list

3
First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain

Other definitions for list (4 of 6)

list4
[ list ]
/ lɪst /
Archaic.

verb (used with object)
to please.
to like or desire.
verb (used without object)
to like; wish; choose.

Origin of list

4
First recorded before 900; Middle English listen, lusten, Old English (ge)lystan “to please”; cognate with German gelüsten, Old Norse lysta “to desire,” akin to Gothic lustōn “to desire,” Latin lascīvus “playful, frivolous, extravagant, wanton,” Greek lilaíesthai “to desire, long for,” Irish lainn “avid, greedy,” Czech láska “love, affection”; see lust

Other definitions for list (5 of 6)

list5
[ list ]
/ lɪst /
Archaic.

verb (used without object)
to listen.
verb (used with object)
to listen to.

Origin of list

5
First recorded before 900; Middle English listen, Old English hlystan “to listen, listen to, hear,” derivative of hlyst “ear”; cognate with Swedish lysta; akin to Old Norse hlusta “to listen,” Old Church Slavonic slyšati, Lithuanian klausýti, Tocharian B klyauṣ-, all meaning “to hear”; see also listen

Other definitions for list (6 of 6)

List
[ list ]
/ lɪst /

noun
Frie·drich [free-drik], /ˈfri drɪk/, 1789–1846, U.S. political economist and journalist, born in Germany.
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British Dictionary definitions for list (1 of 5)

list1
/ (lɪst) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of list

listable, adjective

Word Origin for list

C17: from French, ultimately related to list ²; compare Italian lista list of names (earlier: border, strip, as of paper), Old High German līsta border

British Dictionary definitions for list (2 of 5)

list2
/ (lɪst) /

verb
(esp of ships) to lean over or cause to lean over to one side
noun
the act or an instance of leaning to one side

Word Origin for list

C17: origin unknown

British Dictionary definitions for list (3 of 5)

list3
/ (lɪst) /

noun
verb (tr)
See also lists

Word Origin for list

Old English līst; related to Old High German līsta

British Dictionary definitions for list (4 of 5)

list4
/ (lɪst) archaic /

verb
to be pleasing to (a person)
(tr) to desire or choose
noun
a liking or desire

Word Origin for list

Old English lystan; related to Old High German lusten and Gothic lūston to desire

British Dictionary definitions for list (5 of 5)

list5
/ (lɪst) /

verb
an archaic or poetic word for listen

Word Origin for list

Old English hlystan; related to Old Norse hlusta
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Other Idioms and Phrases with list

list

see black list; enter the lists; sucker list.

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