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

Tidal believed the arrangement gave it exclusive rights to the artist's entire catalog, but that was later disputed in court by Prince's record label (NPG Records) and publishing arm (NPG Music Publishing). Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Prince Estate Responds to Heirs' 'Meritless' Efforts to Get Out of Tidal Streaming Deal," 20 June 2018 The catalog will be mailed to millions of homes and handed out at Whole Foods stores, Bloomberg reports. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Jay-Z and Trayvon Martin, Amazon and Toys R Us, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 13 July 2018 Luckily the Eagles catalog has enough acolytes that there won't be a shortage of players to keep the fire alive. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A revamped Eagles lineup and Chris Stapleton knock the hits out of Minute Maid Park," 16 June 2018 As soon as the catalog came out and Heidi was featured as an Angel in the VS Fashion show, and her career really started to take flight. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Heidi Klum's Net Worth Is Mind-Bogglingly Huge," 13 June 2018 The search of the SDSS catalog yielded 305 candidates. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Discovery of middleweight black holes could explain origin of million-solar-mass monster," 30 May 2018 Its founder knew bandleader Tommy Dorsey, and the company still owns the rights to Dorsey’s catalog, Mardak said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sheet music publisher Hal Leonard LLC buys largest sheet music firm in Europe in $50 million deal," 5 Apr. 2018 Unlike network and public television, which have a lot of free streaming content, these are paid services with vast catalogs, original programs, and curated lists and recommendations. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 Even with the emergence of screen time and smartphones, kids still enjoy searching through toy catalogs -- which Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. also produce -- to make their wishlists. chicagotribune.com, "Amazon takes a page from Toys 'R' Us with a holiday catalog," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The US Navy’s interest in this facility is in cataloging the positions of objects very precisely. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Building the world’s highest-resolution telescope," 9 July 2018 At the same time, the Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center tracks orbiting objects and catalogs them in an ever growing database. Ramin Skibba, Smithsonian, "Greening the Future of Outer Space," 2 June 2018 Marten, the San Diego Unified School District’s superintendent, catalogs these messages. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 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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