inventory

1 of 2

noun

in·​ven·​to·​ry ˈin-vən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inventory (audio)
plural inventories
1
a
: an itemized list of current assets: such as
(1)
: a list of goods on hand
(2)
: a catalog of the property of an individual or estate
b
: a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities used to evaluate personal characteristics or skills
c
: a survey of natural resources
2
: the quantity of goods or materials on hand : stock
3
: the act or process of taking an inventory
4
inventorial adjective
inventorially adverb

inventory

2 of 2

verb

inventoried; inventorying

transitive verb

: to make an inventory of : catalog

Examples of inventory in a Sentence

Noun We made an inventory of the library's collection. The dealer keeps a large inventory of used cars and trucks. Inventories at both stores were low. How can a small business afford to keep so much inventory? We'll be doing inventory on the collection soon. Verb We'll be inventorying the collection soon. would you inventory the supplies in the back room?
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Low inventory and high mortgage rates have made entry to homeownership more challenging, experts say. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 Tight inventory and rising home prices are pushing some buyers out of the market, with the median U.S. home sale price hitting a record $383,725, according to Redfin. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 21 May 2024
Verb
Hoping to inventory the fish species that call the river drainage home, a group of researchers collected samples from the river on multiple expeditions between 2012 and 2019, according to a study published in the Journal of Fish Biology on April 22. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 8 May 2024 Early efforts intensified after the 1989 passage of the National Museum of the American Indian Act, which requires the Smithsonian to inventory its Native American human remains and repatriate them upon request. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for inventory 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inventory was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inventory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inventory. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

inventory

1 of 2 noun
in·​ven·​to·​ry ˈin-vən-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce inventory (audio)
-ˌtȯr-
plural inventories
1
: a complete list of items (as of goods on hand)
2
: the stock of goods on hand
3
: the act or process of making an inventory

inventory

2 of 2 verb
inventoried; inventorying
: to make an inventory of

Medical Definition

inventory

noun
in·​ven·​to·​ry ˈin-vən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce inventory (audio)
plural inventories
1
: a questionnaire designed to provide an index of individual interests or personality traits
2
: a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities that is used in evaluating personal characteristics or skills

Legal Definition

inventory

noun
in·​ven·​to·​ry ˈin-vən-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce inventory (audio)
plural inventories
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
: 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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