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

XXXTentacion's album catalog is also in posthumous demand, with Question Mark (Virgin/Universal) up 9-4 and 17 (Bad Vibes Forever) climbing 13-11. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "George Ezra Blasts to U.K. Singles Chart Summit With 'Shotgun'," 2 July 2018 This week, in the journey forward through time and the Oldham catalog, is 2005. Zach Baron, GQ, "Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk ‘Superwolf’ As the Cult Album Finally Hits Streaming Services," 28 June 2018 Growing paid streaming services from Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc. have boosted music-industry sales for three years in a row and enticed investors to splurge on catalogs. Fortune, "Sony to Buy Out EMI Music Publishing for About $2 Billion," 22 May 2018 Microsoft has also done a great job making old Xbox and Xbox 360 games compatible, so the back catalog is thousands of titles deep. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Want an Xbox One X? It's $100 Off Right Now," 15 May 2018 Dylan has also made a novel licensing deal for his full song catalog to be available for use in a television drama now under development. Ben Sisario, BostonGlobe.com, "Knockin’ back Heaven’s Door: Bob Dylan is making whiskey now," 2 May 2018 At issue is a Supreme Court precedent from the era when mail-order catalogs were the favored means of shopping from home. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court to decide if online sellers must collect sales taxes across America," 17 Apr. 2018 As a result, the current library catalog will be down all weekend, and on Monday, April 16. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Chess meet-up in Vernon Hills," 9 Apr. 2018 Def Leppard has finally given Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music and Amazon and seven other digital music platforms the OK to Pour Some Sugar on listeners: The British hard rock act’s entire catalog will be available to stream on Friday. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Def Leppard's entire catalog to stream beginning Friday," 19 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the late 19th century, the Harvard College Observatory employed a group of women who collected, studied, and cataloged thousands of images of stars on glass plates. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA," 3 Feb. 2017 His app helps visitors avoid inadvertently excessive generosity by cataloging gratuity practices in more than 200 countries and regions. Ryan Haase, WSJ, "Six Indispensable Apps for Business Travelers," 30 Aug. 2018 In turn, that department will catalog the number of complaints filed in each office, spokesman Bruce Whidden said. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff," 18 June 2018 The office keeps and catalogs personal effects found with the bodies, which also can help ID them. Bob Ortega, CNN, "For families of vanished migrants, unidentified remains mean answers never come," 15 May 2018 For 95 years, the collection of artifacts was stored, cataloged, and studied. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy," 25 Apr. 2018 Struharik, who has been cataloging the effects of Facebook Explore through a monthly tally, has noted a steady rise in engagement on sites that publish fake or sensationalist news. Paul Mozur, The Seattle Times, "Facebook’s fake-news fix fails to quell bogus stories," 14 Jan. 2018 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

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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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