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 most important part of any library website is the catalog. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Everyone can stay busy with all the events coming up: Whit & Whimsey," 30 Aug. 2019 View the complete catalog of courses and register online at www.fpsct.org/fce, visit 1 Depot Place or call 860-404-0290. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 No thanks to her older sister or that sister’s Svengali, Alfred Stieglitz, as the catalog makes startlingly clear. Julianne Mcshane, New York Times, "Labor Day Art Guide: Summer Shows to See Before They Close," 29 Aug. 2019 Details on many of Telltale's existing franchises were unclear, saying news would be announced in coming weeks, along with further details on the catalog's reissue. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Shuttered Video Game Studio Telltale Games Rises From the Dead. But Will It Be the Same?," 28 Aug. 2019 The deals span items across the REI catalog with some being discounted as much as 40 percent. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best REI Labor Day Sales for Adventurers," 23 Aug. 2019 The catalog has Swift’s masters, which are the recordings of a song from which later copies are made, from her first six albums. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Taylor Swift Says She Will Re-Record Old Songs Following Ownership Dispute," 22 Aug. 2019 The catalogs offered the tubers for 50 cents to $2.50. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Dahlia revival hits home in Zionsville," 15 Aug. 2019 An advertisement in the Aug. 10, 1939, Green Bay Press-Gazette says the film opened that day at the Orpheum Theatre, the catalog said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Did Oconomowoc really host the world premiere of 'The Wizard of Oz'? Here's what we found.," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ask players like Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Serena Williams to catalog their highlights and their successes, and winning a gold medal ranks up there with the Wimbledon crowns and other major titles. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 During the nesting season, volunteers from North Carolina to Florida comb the shoreline each day around sunrise to catalog new nests and cover them with protective screens to keep out wild hogs and other predators until the eggs hatch. Washington Post, "Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas," 13 July 2019 Today brings yet another devastating report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this time cataloging how humanity’s exploitation of land is contributing to climate change. Matt Simon, WIRED, "New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change," 8 Aug. 2019 Apple asked too much of iTunes over the years, turning it from a lean-yet-powerful music cataloging app into a slow-loading behemoth tasked with managing your iPod and iPhone, podcasts, ebooks and more. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Apple Is Pulling the Plug on iTunes. So What Happens to All Your Music?," 4 June 2019 The Smithsonian is expected to be the public steward of what is considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloging African American life. Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Sale of Ebony photo archives is bittersweet: Many relieved images will be preserved, but ‘it’s sad because we lost control forever’," 26 July 2019 The foundations plan to donate the more than 4 million prints and negatives — considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloging African American life. SFChronicle.com, "Apple, Intel in $1 billion deal; Comcast faces more cord cutting," 25 July 2019 By cataloging such encounters, scientists hope to gain a better understanding of where the creatures spend their time, which helps create more effective conservation measures. National Geographic, "One of biggest great white sharks seen feasting on sperm whale in rare video," 19 July 2019 Crawford tipped it back to the catcher for the strikeout to conclude a memorable performance for a proud father a half-decade after cataloging another one. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers' offense dominate in shutout win over the Giants," 18 June 2019

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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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