Definition of shortlist in English:



  • A list of selected candidates from which a final choice is made.

    ‘a shortlist of four companies’
    • ‘The shortlist of candidates is understood to be made up exclusively of current Bank of Ireland executives.’
    • ‘Airedale Hospital was also in the final shortlist for the Hospital of the Year.’
    • ‘This means the shortlist of candidates to replace Mr Soden is likely to be made up exclusively of current executives.’
    • ‘From the six proposals on the shortlist we select four to go into production.’
    • ‘There were nine main awards and final shortlists were selected by independent jury panels.’
    • ‘All entries must be received by the end of August when a shortlist of 30 candidates will be drawn up.’
    • ‘Even the Sistine Chapel looks unlikely to make the final shortlist.’
    • ‘He would, of course, be on the shortlist of candidates to replace the departing Dane.’
    • ‘On a final shortlist of eight sites is South Killingholme on the Humber.’
    • ‘Understandably, certain names will never get as far as a final shortlist, for various reasons.’
    • ‘A shortlist of the best candidates is prepared and sent to the client.’
    • ‘The panel will also help draft the selection criteria from which a shortlist of candidates will be chosen.’
    • ‘Rather, I attribute it to a basic problem with how the shortlist is selected.’
    • ‘For the sixth year running there were no female comics on the final shortlist.’
    • ‘From 500 entries, June's portrait made it through to the final shortlist.’
    • ‘Redman Design was selected from a shortlist of six bidders from across the UK for the contract.’
    • ‘He made it through the first few rounds, but suffered another blow when he missed out on a place in the final shortlist of 10 contestants.’
    • ‘They had a shortlist of candidates and flew to New York and London to interview them.’
    • ‘The British firm is looking to select a winning bid from a shortlist of four by mid-October.’
    • ‘A shortlist of candidates is drawn up by the constituency association and a number of interviews reduces the number of applicants to two.’


  • Put (someone or something) on a shortlist.

    ‘the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize’
    • ‘I see from the cover of the book that it was shortlisted for this year's Orange prize for fiction.’
    • ‘Their praise was so strong, Mr Jones was shortlisted from more than 5,500 entries.’
    • ‘Three firms are shortlisted, including Ferguson's and English firm Appledore.’
    • ‘The Bird of Night was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Best Novel Award.’
    • ‘It was shortlisted as The Age Book of the Year at the Melbourne Writers' Festival just now.’
    • ‘This year he was shortlisted for three awards, but still went home with nothing.’
    • ‘Political editor Fraser Nelson is shortlisted for Columnist of the Year.’
    • ‘Last year it was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize.’
    • ‘Macintosh's memoir was shortlisted for a travel-writing award sponsored by Thomas Cook.’
    • ‘They will then spend the four months from June to September visiting the workplace of each shortlisted nominee.’
    • ‘Carla Buckle, from Heworth, York, was shortlisted for the Young Achiever of the Year award.’
    • ‘I'm still not sure whether it's the same thing I was shortlisted for last year or not.’
    • ‘His first novel, The Machine Doctor was shortlisted for Scottish Arts Council book of the year.’
    • ‘Kelly, who runs animal grooming service Snoopies, has been shortlisted in the trading category.’
    • ‘Kay was also shortlisted to be personal finance editor of the year.’
    • ‘At the first stage of the bidding, seven bidders were shortlisted from the original fifteen.’
    • ‘Which of the seven shortlisted schemes will win the heart of New Yorkers?’
    • ‘The Imperial War Museum North has been shortlisted for another design award.’
    • ‘Sixteen companies were shortlisted for the awards from over a hundred entries received.’
    • ‘She was shortlisted in the Vogel a few years ago, and this is her new novel.’
    a candidate for, in the running for, on the shortlist for, shortlisted for, being considered for, under consideration for, next in succession for, likely to receive, up for, ready for
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