catalog

noun
cat·​a·​log | \ˈka-tə-ˌlȯg, -ˌläg\
variants: or catalogue

Definition of catalog 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : list, register a catalog of the band's songs

2a : a complete enumeration of items arranged systematically with descriptive details a catalog of the company's products

b : a pamphlet or book that contains such a list a mail-order catalog a university catalog

c : material in such a list

catalog

verb
variants: or catalogue
cataloged or catalogued; cataloging or cataloguing

Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a catalog of catalog a collection of books

2a : to enter in a catalog

b : to classify (something, such as books or information) descriptively Scientific monographs are cataloged into a database that will be available to researchers.

intransitive verb

1 : to make or work on a catalog

2 : to become listed in a catalog at a specified price this stamp catalogs at $2

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Other Words from catalog

Verb

cataloger or cataloguer noun

Examples of catalog in a Sentence

Noun

The band played many songs from their catalog of hits. a catalog of music album titles

Verb

They use the computer to catalog books. The chart catalogs the results of each test.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic gothic horror novel is scary, compelling, and one of the best things Netflix has added to its extensive original catalog in recent memory. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Nevertheless, considering The Weeknd’s mass catalog of major, influential hits, and the fact that this was his first show ever in Milwaukee, expectations were enormous for his American Family Insurance Amphitheater show. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018 For storage, Omni sends staffers in its bright red trucks or vans to customers’ homes to pick up their items, then photographs, catalogs and stashes them at one of its two Bay Area warehouses. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Omni’s ‘closets in the cloud’ turn into a new way to make money online," 21 Apr. 2018 Last Day: The library is changing its online catalog! Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Chess meet-up in Vernon Hills," 9 Apr. 2018 Her current free time is taken up by snowboarding, seed catalogs and cross stitch. Dr. Megan Kasper, idahostatesman, "My fellow women: I have a question for you | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 The company also sells overstocked CDs and DVDs, and sells merchandise via catalogs and on its website, www.daedalusbooks.com. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Columbia Flier, "Columbia's Daedalus Books to hold final sale this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 The addition of tenor Dominic Armstrong (another Curtis alumnus) allowed the program to dip into Bernstein’s vast catalog of art songs, arias and show tunes. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Copland and Bernstein arrangements impressive at Athenaeum," 12 Mar. 2018 These limited-edition creamy matte lipsticks were inspired by the pretty pouts in the latest J. Crew catalog and come courtesy of the retailer's collaboration with Swedish cosmetics brand Face Stockholm. Gina Way, Redbook, "The Fresh-Faced Spring Makeup Look That Flatters Everyone," 23 Apr. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Surviving The article catalogs current Russian efforts to develop newer, competitive rockets and modern spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian editor: Our space program is entering the “Dark Ages”," 9 July 2018 At the lab, items are cleaned, identified, preserved and cataloged. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Simonetti's team set out to comprehend and catalog chemical and isotopic signatures in uranium ore from around the world—like the euxenite from Madagascar or the Schroeckingerite from Wamsutter, Wyoming. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "How a Uranium Hunter Sniffs Out Nuclear Weapons," 11 June 2018 To date, scientists have cataloged more than 150 of these objects—and now, the International Astronomical Union has given them formal names. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: the oldest human fossil in Arabia, snakes on Mercury, and clot-busting mosquito spit," 13 Apr. 2018 Similar systems have already cataloged 4.4 million refugees in 48 other countries, the UNHCR said. Tonny Onyulo, USA TODAY, "The U.N. found only 7,000 refugees, despite Uganda's claim that thousands more needed aid," 22 Mar. 2018 Lawrence Heaney, an evolutionary biogeographer at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, worked for years cataloging mammal diversity on the Philippines’s largest island, Luzon. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How much space do you need to evolve a new mammal? These worm-eating mice have the answer," 15 May 2018 Discogs was founded by then-Intel programmer Kevin Lewandowski in 2000, who launched it a hobby to catalog his collection of electronic albums. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Discogs Hits Milestone With 10 Million Releases: Exclusive," 28 June 2018 Earlier reporting on lightning Meteorologists embraced this new medium as a more objective way to catalog the sky. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Do You Know What Lightning Really Looks Like?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of catalog

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for catalog

Noun

Middle English cathaloge, cateloge, from Middle French catalogue, from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, enumerate, from kata- + legein to gather, speak — more at legend

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catalog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of catalog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book containing a list of things that you can buy, use, etc., and often pictures

: a group of similar or related things

catalog

verb

English Language Learners Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

: to list or describe (something) in an organized way

catalog

noun
cat·​a·​log
variants: or catalogue \ ˈka-​tə-​ˌlȯg \

Kids Definition of catalog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book containing brief descriptions of things that can be purchased or signed up for a garden supply catalog a college course catalogue

2 : a list of names, titles, or articles arranged by some system

catalog

verb
variants: or catalogue
cataloged or catalogued; cataloging or cataloguing

Kids Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a catalog of

2 : to enter in a catalog

Other Words from catalog

cataloger or cataloguer noun

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