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 company has taken antiwool statements out of future catalogs after hearing concerns, said a spokeswoman. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 His third and final catalog appeared in 1849, two years before his death. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 Both movies were inspired by the Swedish pop legends’ catalog of songs, and the first film adapted the long-running stage musical of the same name. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Soundtrack Is Out Now: Listen," 13 July 2018 This photograph is, as Bonanos observes, an amazing catalog of human emotion, from agony to glee. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 Time's Up also called for action from RCA Records, Kelly's label; Spotify and Apple Music, which stream Kelly's catalog; and Ticketmaster, which has sold tickets to his concerts. CBS News, "#MuteRKelly has black women pushing for their #MeToo moment," 17 May 2018 Allen Onyia, the co-founder of UpscaleHype, a website and Instagram account that catalogs what stylish celebrities wear, says. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How UpscaleHype Became Menswear’s Most Important Instagram Account," 26 Apr. 2018 Presumably Telltale’s back catalog will be sold off to the highest bidder—maybe THQ Nordic? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters," 16 Nov. 2018 Lauren Bacall modeled for the catalog, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, who later wrote the Tarzan adventure novels, was a copywriter. Tiffany Hsu, The Seattle Times, "When Sears was everywhere: espionage, politics and fine art," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many political reporters have spent the last six weeks cataloging alleged harms to the economy from the partial government shutdown ended last week. James Freeman, WSJ, "No Shutdown for Small Business," 31 Jan. 2019 Pennsylvania pediatrician Robert Olympia and his colleagues sat through 10 superhero movies released in 2015 and 2016, cataloging each specific act of violence and noting whether it was committed by a protagonist or villain. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget movie villains—it’s the “good” superheroes that are the most violent," 9 Nov. 2018 Every year more new species are discovered and cataloged than ever before. Michael Ohl, BostonGlobe.com, "From the Hitler beetle to the Beyoncé fly," 8 Apr. 2018 And multiple attempts to catalog free speech incidents on campus, from different sources, keep coming up with numbers in the dozens. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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