General English


  • noun a list of candidates who can be asked to come for a test or interview (drawn up after all applications have been examined and the most obviously unsuitable candidates have been rejected)
  • verb to make a shortlist

Information & Library Science

  • noun a small group chosen from a larger group, from which the final choice is made
  • verb to choose a few names of people or titles of books from a longer list, as a first step towards deciding on a person for a job or the winner of a competition