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 Compliments to fellow industry trailblazers were sprinkled throughout mentions of both directors' creative inspirations, notes on their extensive catalogs and brief explanations of how documentary work has informed their other films. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "'American Factory' Team, Martin Scorsese Honored at DOC NYC Tribute Event," 8 Nov. 2019 According to Colin Moynihan of the New York Times, five university researchers have combed through correspondence, auction catalogs and Nazi-era records to identify art once owned by Mosse and his heirs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "F.B.I. Recovers Nazi-Looted Painting From New York Museum," 29 Oct. 2019 The library’s catalog and customer service systems were also affected by the outage. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County internet outage shuts down some government services," 26 Sep. 2019 The night ended with Busy Signal, prepped for Parts of the Puzzle his soon-to-be-released new album, running through his catalog and recent recordings. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "Buss It Down: Inside NYC’s Hottest Reggae & Soca Party," 13 Sep. 2019 DJ Dudley D, Prince’s resident DJ, spun tunes from the artist’s catalog as customers browsed through merchandise including the Purple One’s albums, commemorative jackets, books and T-shirts. SFChronicle.com, "An airport Prince store; Waymo rainy-day tests; Spotify parental controls," 20 Aug. 2019 Judging from the catalog alone, this year's selection will include plaid trousers and ankle-length coats, bright structured separates, colorful knit sweaters, floral midi skirts, camel knee-high boots, and the list goes on. refinery29.com, "How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Before Everyone Else," 15 July 2019 The show, which will draw music from the Wu-Tang catalog to enhance the kung-fu action, brings together two of RZA’s greatest passions: hip-hop and martial-arts movies. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "RZA coming to the Coolidge in September," 12 July 2019 The musical, which uses songs from the Bob Dylan catalog to tell the stories of residents in a Depression-era Midwestern boarding house, will begin performances at New York’s Belasco Theatre on Feb. 7, 2020, with opening night set for March 5. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "Girl From the North Country, featuring Bob Dylan songs, is coming to Broadway," 18 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their findings criticized aspects of the quality control process from start to finish: Samples were improperly stored and cataloged; failures were not adequately reviewed; and results were vulnerable to tampering. Sydney Lupkin, SFChronicle.com, "FDA keeps brand-name drugs on a fast path to market, despite manufacturing concerns," 8 Nov. 2019 But after studying and cataloging its properties, scientists moved on to other problems. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Physics Magic Trick: Take 2 Sheets of Carbon and Twist," 30 Oct. 2019 During the 1800s, intrepid explorers collected and cataloged many of the world’s plants and animals, providing range maps for different species that launched further study. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "First global map of earthworms reveals which places are chock-full of them—and why," 24 Oct. 2019 To that end, Jacob created a web resource called the Sustainable Free and Open Source Community that catalogs different business models for open source projects, and principles to guide sustainable open source communities. Klint Finley, WIRED, "When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches," 31 July 2019 The Internet Archive is a nonprofit founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle to catalog as much as possible of our digital age. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Cities Need to De-Emphasize Cars and Turn Streets Into Parks—Data Sheet," 17 Sep. 2019 Each piece is meticulously cataloged, then placed in a tent in Notre Dame’s front yard, in readiness for restoration. Vivienne Walt / Paris, Time, "Inside the Fight Over How Notre Dame Should Rise From the Ashes," 25 July 2019 In addition to aerial counts, the park began to conduct annual biodiversity surveys in 2013 to catalog all of its species. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 Antony Daly, who owns a record store in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, uses Mixcloud to keep up-to-date on new music and to catalog his own mixes. Anne Steele, WSJ, "DJs Get Into Streaming Revenue Mix," 4 Dec. 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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The first known use of catalog was in the 15th century

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catalog

noun
How to pronounce catalog (audio)

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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