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 trend in recent years has benefited massive office buildings that were designed for other uses, such as the Merchandise Mart and the former Montgomery Ward catalog building at 600 W. Chicago Ave. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "PepsiCo’s Chicago office to go from 17 floors to one, in move to ultrawide Old Post Office," 21 Nov. 2019 The saga began in July, when the singer's early music catalog was sold to a company owned by Braun in a deal worth roughly $300 million, according to Billboard. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Scooter Braun breaks six-month silence on Taylor Swift dispute," 21 Nov. 2019 Course requirements will be spelled out in the UAH course catalog. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Learn to ‘hack for America’ at this Alabama university," 19 Nov. 2019 What began as a two-​page catalog back in 1983 has become a top shopping source for close-to-custom furniture (plus case goods, decor, and collabs with A-listers like Suzanne Kasler and Miles Redd) at price points rivaling most mall brands. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Designers' Secret Source for Custom Furniture," 19 Nov. 2019 The catalog is divided into browse-worthy Disneyland and Disney World sections. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney auction: Tiki Room animatronics, theme-park signs, rare documents ready for bids," 15 Nov. 2019 Sales in a category that mostly includes online and catalog shopping jumped 0.9% in October and 14.3% from a year earlier. Washington Post, "US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October," 15 Nov. 2019 But past actions of Catholic officials are getting new scrutiny across the country as authorities launch reviews to catalog accusations and review the church’s response, including a landmark Pennsylvania grand jury investigation released in 2018. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Case of notorious Calvert Hall priest Laurence Brett cited in recent report on clergy abuse," 11 Nov. 2019 George Orwell’s 1984, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s whole damn catalog—all are political works that tell the truth. Lin-manuel Miranda, The Atlantic, "All Art Is Political," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over 130 fish kill reports were cataloged between Sept. 1 and Nov. 20 with red tide listed as the cause of death, according to the FWC’s fish kill data base. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Red tide grew drastically along Florida’s west coast in less than a month," 18 Nov. 2019 Most of the violence reporters cataloged came from those contracts. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 Then in 2017, Shepard was going through his own records to catalog them on Discogs, the online music database and marketplace, and, while doing so, found a record with someone's signature on it. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Can Facebook help you find your old vinyl records?," 23 Oct. 2019 Last year, the Foundation for Jewish Heritage unveiled a groundbreaking mapping project that cataloged 3,348 existing buildings that either used to function or still function as a synagogue. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Former 19th century synagogue in Belarus selling as warehouse for $6,000," 15 Aug. 2019 The link cited in the email no longer works but U of I Deputy General Counsel Jim Craig provided a link to the current version of that page, which catalogs presidential actions on university policies. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Rob Spear's explanation to students doesn't match University of Idaho's records | Idaho Statesman," 25 Apr. 2018 The ones that really impacted me were the ones that cataloged several items on one card. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "The McNay Art Museum asked for survival stories and got thousands," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Catalog.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cataloguing. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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