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 The existing catalog up to that time was very much in line with my interests, especially from the younger years of my life. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "St. Paul composer Philip Blackburn is a missionary for new music," 7 May 2021 And of course a catalog is always very agreeable to have. New York Times, "The Unstoppable Rose Wylie," 22 Apr. 2021 Its catalog can be overwhelming with options when trying to decide what to watch. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best streaming services," 19 Mar. 2021 My first catalog was a piece of white paper with green ink. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "Georgia Native Vera Stewart Is the Ultimate Southern Hostess," 17 Mar. 2021 The course catalog is available online, and fall registration opens on March 29. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Mount St. Joseph University announces spring commencement, fall 2021 course plans," 17 Mar. 2021 One of the best aspects of Disney+ and its huge catalog is the platform’s commitment to delivering new content while also serving as the home for absolute classics like Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Sound of Music, and more. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "How to watch The Muppet Show," 28 Jan. 2021 Spector's publishing catalog is chock full of iconic songs whose royalty flow is amplified by the thousands of cover versions of those tracks over the years. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Phil Spector's Catalog: How Much Are Those Iconic Songs Worth?," 22 Jan. 2021 And if those changes haven’t all been positive, the vast catalog of foreign-language shows now available in the U.S. via mainstream streaming platforms might be the single best side effect of the paradigm shift. Judy Berman, Time, "The Best Result of the Streaming Boom? America Finally Loves Foreign-Language TV," 22 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sustained efforts to reduce sea turtle deaths in the water and to catalog and protect their nests on land have been credited with pushing nesting to record levels in the region in 2019. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "Judge asked to halt dredges during sea turtle nesting season," 3 May 2021 Forbes Travel Guide scoured locales from Vietnam to Vegas to catalog the hotel lobbies that leave a lasting impression. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, "32 Stunning Hotel Lobbies," 19 Mar. 2021 To catalog the collection, the Pierces gather data on each book. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: With power or without, San Antonian's inventory of his African American book collection goes on," 20 Feb. 2021 The pair have spent the past two years visiting historic repositories throughout Essex County, including the Cape Ann Museum, to collect, compile, and catalog the history of African-Americans in the area. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Talk will focus on history of Black Americans in Essex County," 16 Feb. 2021 The differences have become too numerous to catalog here. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Yesteryear versus today," 5 Dec. 2020 There are so many subtypes, in fact, that scientists aren’t sure how to even fully catalog them yet. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, There's a Second Brain in Your Gut," 11 Dec. 2020 Ohio Edison and First Energy have teamed up to utilize the aircraft to inspect and catalog damage from recent storms. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville offers emergency medical ID cards, assesses storm damage," 8 Dec. 2020 Over a dozen volunteers helped catalog over 700 items, ranging from rare editions of romance classics to manuscript consultations with prominent authors like Sarah MacLean. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Romance authors and readers raised almost $400,000 to help Stacey Abrams turn Georgia blue," 25 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalog. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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