A list is a group of ideas or words ordered for the purpose of completing a task. Verbs like make, keep, create, and have are often used with "list."

  • Before going shopping, it’s a good idea to make a list of things that are needed.
  • Did you make a list before you went shopping?
  • We need to create a list of things to do during our vacation in Colombia.
  • I always keep a list of things I need to do in my pocket.
  • Hamed has a list of cars that he’s thinking about purchasing.
  • A telephone book includes a list of phone numbers for local businesses.
  • Airline mechanics use a checklist to make sure everything works well on an airplane.


The word "list" is also a verb:

  • List your ideas on a piece of paper.
  • You should list the things you need from the store on a piece of paper.
  • The government listed the names of people who were in violation of the law.
  • Charles lists the names and numbers of his friends on his cell phone.

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This page was published on May 6, 2014.