catalog

noun
cat·​a·​log | \ ˈka-tə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce catalog (audio) , -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

Ikea announced an effort to ramp up e-commerce operations operations back in 2015, focusing mainly on bringing most of its catalog online. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Why your Ikea shopping experience may be changing soon," 26 Nov. 2018 Rosanne Cash and her husband John Leventhal present a show celebrating her extensive catalog of music. Annie Alleman, Naperville Sun, "Rosanne Cash brings some new music to McAninch show," 3 Apr. 2018 Much of Parfrey’s catalog was fodder for a modest but loyal following of conspiracists, cultists and paranoiacs. kansascity, "In memoriam list for May 20: Author Tom Wolfe, Margot ‘Lois Lane’ Kidder | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 Halcyon Veil UK artist Rabit started the Halcyon Veil label in 2015, and their catalog is one of my favorite curations right now. Philip Montoro, Chicago Reader, "Producer and performer Thoom on one of Arab music’s greatest voices," 15 May 2018 Its catalog is smaller than iTunes's, but is certainly comprehensive enough for my tastes. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 Def Leppard also announced Friday that their full catalog of albums will finally be available for streaming and download. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Journey, Def Leppard tour slated for Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center," 19 Jan. 2018 XXXTentacion's album catalog is also in posthumous demand, with Question Mark (Virgin/Universal) up 9-4 and 17 (Bad Vibes Forever) climbing 13-11. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "George Ezra Blasts to U.K. Singles Chart Summit With 'Shotgun'," 2 July 2018 This week, in the journey forward through time and the Oldham catalog, is 2005. Zach Baron, GQ, "Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk ‘Superwolf’ As the Cult Album Finally Hits Streaming Services," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of this is because of the automation of less sophisticated tasks, like cataloging inventory, and buying for less stylistically demanding retailers (say, auto parts). New York Times, "High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too," 7 July 2018 Brazile has won so much stuff he’s given it to a local merchant at home in Decatur to catalog and enshrine. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 In the late 19th century, the Harvard College Observatory employed a group of women who collected, studied, and cataloged thousands of images of stars on glass plates. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA," 3 Feb. 2017 His app helps visitors avoid inadvertently excessive generosity by cataloging gratuity practices in more than 200 countries and regions. Ryan Haase, WSJ, "Six Indispensable Apps for Business Travelers," 30 Aug. 2018 In turn, that department will catalog the number of complaints filed in each office, spokesman Bruce Whidden said. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff," 18 June 2018 The office keeps and catalogs personal effects found with the bodies, which also can help ID them. Bob Ortega, CNN, "For families of vanished migrants, unidentified remains mean answers never come," 15 May 2018 For 95 years, the collection of artifacts was stored, cataloged, and studied. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy," 25 Apr. 2018 Struharik, who has been cataloging the effects of Facebook Explore through a monthly tally, has noted a steady rise in engagement on sites that publish fake or sensationalist news. Paul Mozur, The Seattle Times, "Facebook’s fake-news fix fails to quell bogus stories," 14 Jan. 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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