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inventory

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noun in·ven·to·ry \ˈin-vən-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of inventory

plural

inventories

  1. 1a :  an itemized list of current assets: such as (1) :  a catalog of the property of an individual or estate (2) :  a list of goods on handb :  a survey of natural resourcesc :  a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities used to evaluate personal characteristics or skills

  2. 2 :  survey, summary

  3. 3 :  the quantity of goods or materials on hand :  stock

  4. 4 :  the act or process of taking an inventory

inventorial

play \ˌin-vən-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

inventorially

play \ˌin-vən-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of inventory in a Sentence

  1. We made an inventory of the library's collection.

  2. The dealer keeps a large inventory of used cars and trucks.

  3. Inventories at both stores were low.

  4. How can a small business afford to keep so much inventory?

  5. We'll be doing inventory on the collection soon.

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Origin and Etymology of inventory

Middle English inventarie, inventorie, from Anglo-French inventaire, inventorie, from Latin inventarium, from inventum thing found, topic, neuter of inventus


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inventory

verb in·ven·to·ry

Definition of inventory

inventoried

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inventorying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make an inventory of :  catalog

Examples of inventory in a Sentence

  1. We'll be inventorying the collection soon.

  2. would you inventory the supplies in the back room?

First Known Use of inventory

1602


INVENTORY Defined for English Language Learners

inventory

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Definition of inventory for English Language Learners

  • : a complete list of the things that are in a place

  • : a supply of goods that are stored in a place

  • : the act or process of making a complete list of the things that are in a place : the act or process of making an inventory

inventory

verb

Definition of inventory for English Language Learners

  • : to make a complete list of (the things in a place) : to make an inventory of (something)


INVENTORY Defined for Kids

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inventory

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noun in·ven·to·ry \ˈin-vən-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of inventory for Students

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inventories

  1. 1 :  a supply of goods Inventory is low.

  2. 2 :  a list of items (as goods on hand)

  3. 3 :  the act or process of making a list of items


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inventory

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verb in·ven·to·ry

Definition of inventory for Students

inventoried

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inventorying

  1. :  to make a complete list of Store workers inventoried the stock.


Medical Dictionary

inventory

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noun in·ven·to·ry \ˈin-vən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\

Medical Definition of inventory

plural

inventories

  1. 1:  a questionnaire designed to provide an index of individual interests or personality traits

  2. 2:  a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities that is used in evaluating personal characteristics or skills


Law Dictionary

inventory

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noun in·ven·to·ry \ˈin-vən-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of inventory

plural

inventories

  1. 1 :  an itemized list of current assets: as a :  a written list or catalog of the property of an individual, organization, or estate or succession that is made by a fiduciary under oath and that usually describes and assigns a value to the items or classes of property b :  aggregate value assigned to an inventory

  2. 2 :  goods or materials held on hand: as a under the Bankruptcy Code :  materials including personal property leased or furnished, held for sale or lease, or to be furnished under a contract for service, raw materials, work in process, or materials used or consumed in a business held for sale or lease b under section 9-109 of the Uniform Commercial Code :  goods that are leased by a person as lessor, that are held by a person for sale or lease or to be furnished under a contract of service or are furnished under a contract of service, or that are raw materials, works in process, or materials used or consumed in a business



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