• To create or recite a list.
  • To place in listings.
  • To sew together, as strips of cloth, so as to make a show of colours, or to form a border.
  • To cover with list, or with strips of cloth; to put list on; to stripe as if with list.
  • To plough and plant with a lister.
  • To prepare (land) for a cotton crop by making alternating beds and alleys with a hoe.
  • To cut away a narrow strip, as of sapwood, from the edge of.
  • To enclose (a field, etc.) for combat.
  • To engage a soldier, etc.; to enlist.
  • To engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist.
  • To give a building of architectural or historical interest listed status; see also the adjective listed.
  • To listen.
  • To listen to.
  • To be pleasing to.
  • To desire, like, or wish (to do something).
  • To cause (something) to tilt to one side.
  • To tilt to one side.


  • From Middle English list, liste, from Old English līste ("hem, edge, strip"), or Old French liste, listre, or Medieval Latin lista, all from Proto-Germanic *līstǭ ("band, strip; hem, selvage; border, edge"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *leys- ("to trace, track"). The word is cognate with Dutch lijst ("list"), Finnish lista ("(informal) list; batten"), Galician lista ("band, strip; list"), German Leiste ("ledge; (heraldry) bar"), Icelandic lista, listi, Italian lista ("list; strip"), Portuguese lista ("list"), Spanish lista ("list, roll; stripe"), Swedish lista ("list").
  • From Middle English list, liste, from Old English list ("art, craft; cleverness, cunning, experience, skill"), from Proto-West Germanic *listi, from Proto-Germanic *listiz ("art, craft"), from Proto-Indo-European *leys-, *leyǝs-. The word is cognate with Dutch list ("artifice, guile, sleight; ruse, strategem"), German List ("cunning, guile; ploy, ruse, trick"), Low German list ("artifice, cunning; prudence, wisdom"), Icelandic list ("art"), Saterland Frisian list ("cunning, knowledge"), Scots list ("art, craft, skill; cunning"), Swedish list ("art; cunning, guile, wile; ruse, trick; stealth"), and possibly Spanish listo ("clever"). It is also related to learn, lore.
  • Short form of listen
  • From Middle English listen, list, liste, leste, lesten, from Old English lystan, from Proto-Germanic *lustijaną, from Proto-Germanic *lustuz. The word is cognate with Danish lyste ("to desire, feel like, want"), Dutch lusten ("to appreciate, like; to lust"), Faroese lysta ("to desire"), Old Norse lyste ("to desire; to lust"), Old High German lusten (modern German gelüsten and lüsten).
  • The noun sense is from the verb, or from Middle English list, liste, lest, leste, which is derived from Middle English listen, list.
  • Origin uncertain; possibly from tilting on lists in jousts, or from Etymology 4 in the sense of inclining towards what one desires.

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