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

The five buildings located on RH's California estate include two design boutiques that show their modern catalog as well as a selection of curated antiques. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Restoration Hardware's New California Compound Is A Wine Lover's Dream," 2 Jan. 2019 Online retailers also went after the toy business, with Amazon.com putting out its first physical toy catalog. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Toy Sellers Come Up Short Without Toys ‘R’ Us," 28 Dec. 2018 Those kinds of services need to get specific licenses from the copyright holder to distribute every game in their catalogs. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "ROM sites are falling, but a legal loophole could save game emulation," 21 Aug. 2018 Fans can still hear his music on the platforms, but the companies will not be promoting his catalog. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star," 23 May 2018 In their 2019 Spring/Summer Basketball catalog, Adidas has provided an early look at what the shoe will look like with some detailed renderings. Tim Brown, OregonLive.com, "Adidas unveils early look at Damian Lillard's next signature shoe, the Dame 5," 17 May 2018 May 15 Harlow’s Justin Ringle really has nothing to prove to anyone - leading Horse Feathers, his plush indie pop/folk catalog recorded over a dozen years is more than enough to earn him a seat at the grown-ups table. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see: Live music in Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 10 May 2018 Its never a good idea to buy everything from a catalog and be done. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Joanna Gaines’ New Book 'Homebody' Reminds Us Why There’s No Place Like Home," 8 Nov. 2018 Built south of downtown, it was replaced in 1915 with a much larger building to handle orders from the Sears catalog. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "No single force brought down Sears, but the lessons are haunting," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yet without the Mundaneum—and without Linnaeus' invention of index cards or Dewey's library cataloging revolution—many of the basic concepts that underpin the Internet may have taken years longer to put together. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 The Vatican has one of the world’s largest meteorite collections, more than 1,000 samples in baggies and small vials, cataloged by the drawerful. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 These measurements cataloged a history of variations in Greenland’s ice. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries," 8 Dec. 2018 Google says the Times will also be able to use its object recognition tools to extract even more information from the photos, making them easier to catalog and resurface for future use. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google is using AI to help The New York Times digitize 5 million historic photos," 9 Nov. 2018 Axios reported Sunday that Republicans have privately circulated a spreadsheet that catalogs more than 100 outstanding Democratic requests for testimony and documents, as well as the names of administration officials in their sights. Nicholas Fandos, The Seattle Times, "Democrats, eyeing a majority, prepare an investigative onslaught," 3 Sep. 2018 Hello!Surprise! was a web archive constructed by a fan that cataloged more than four hundred Swedish bands, each with a description and links to any mp3s known to be available. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Jamison made a name for herself in 2014 with The Empathy Exams, a wide-ranging collection of essays that catalog poor choices, bizarre setbacks, and her complicated relationship with alcohol. Matt Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "'The Recovering': One young writer's intoxicating journey to sobriety," 3 Apr. 2018 To answer this need, Brooke Singer, a media artist, felt compelled to create ToxicSites, a searchable database that catalogs where these toxic spots are in the country in real time, using data provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Map Reveals If You Live Near a Hazardous Waste Site," 18 Nov. 2015

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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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