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

Every song done from their extensive catalog dating back to ‘96 got the same crowd reaction – pandemonium. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Skillet, Semisonic, more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 10," 6 July 2019 After Taylor Swift ripped into Scooter Braun following his purchase of her Big Machine catalog, Braun's wife Yael Cohen Braun quickly took to social media to defend her husband. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "Scooter Braun's Wife Blasts Taylor Swift Amid Catalog Controversy: "Who Are You to Talk About Bullying?"," 1 July 2019 According to the post, Swift learned of Braun's purchase of her back catalog as it was announced publicly. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "Taylor Swift rages on the news of Scooter Braun acquiring her past recordings," 30 June 2019 The court first adopted its physical presence rule on sales tax collection in a 1967 case dealing with a catalog retailer. Jessica Gresko, BostonGlobe.com, "Clicking ‘checkout’ could cost more after Supreme Court case," 16 Apr. 2018 Harris declined to comment further on the Columbia store’s closure, but the company’s website now lists its headquarters as a Hudson, Ohio address that corresponds with the offices of Universal Screen Arts, an online and catalog retailer. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Columbia Flier, "Columbia's Daedalus Books to hold final sale this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 It has not yet been snared in a catalog of designations and coordinates, of metes and bounds. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 While Google intends to eventually have a back catalog of free games included for your $10 monthly fee, Stadia is not primarily a subscription service. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Google’s Stadia game service is officially coming November: Everything you need to know," 6 June 2019 That puts the service in a different position than Sony’s PlayStation Now or Microsoft’s upcoming xCloud, which offer a broad catalog of titles for a monthly fee. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Google Stadia Goes Live in November," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cook is in the process of cataloging the collection, which will be exhibited in a few years at the Eagle Center after completion of an $18 million expansion that will double the size of the 15,000-square-foot building. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "He has a real eagle eye — Wabasha man’s collection is the largest in the country," 29 June 2019 The Free Speech Project’s researchers have cataloged more than 90 incidents since 2016 that fit their criteria for a person’s free speech rights being threatened. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 The department catalogs everything and stores it for 90 days — or 120 days if it’s taken when police arrest someone. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless people protest SF collecting their belongings," 22 June 2019 For the past three years, researchers at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands have been painstakingly cataloging and mapping all the proliferating cells found in mouse hearts, looking for cardiac stem cells. Quanta Magazine, "What Defines a Stem Cell? Scientists Rethink the Answer," 4 Dec. 2018 Many of those highs are cataloged on Instagram, where Kaavia has her own account (@kaaviajames) with more than 620,000 followers. Ramou Sarr, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Is ‘Not Here to Serve Hollywood’," 30 Apr. 2019 The cringing media cataloged his succession of offenses, from egging a neighbor’s house to urinating in a mop bucket, from turning up in a Brazilian brothel to catching a DUI charge after drag-racing his Lamborghini in Miami Beach. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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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