Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

list - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb list pronunciation in British English /lɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelisting
past tenselisted
past participlelisted
  1. 1
    [transitive] [often passive] to mention or write a list of things, one after another

    The ingredients in food must be listed on the packet.

    The results are listed in the table on page 26.

    Chris lists his hobbies as cycling, gardening, and chess.

    1. a.
      [usually passive] to publish a telephone number as part of a list in a book

      Their number is not listed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a ship lists, it leans to one side
  3. 3
    [intransitive] an old word meaning to ‘listen


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play