inventory

noun
in·​ven·​to·​ry | \ ˈin-vən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inventory (audio) \
plural inventories

Definition of inventory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

inventory

verb
inventoried; inventorying

Definition of inventory (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make an inventory of : catalog

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Other Words from inventory

Noun

inventorial \ ˌin-​vən-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce inventory (audio) \ adjective
inventorially \ ˌin-​vən-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce inventory (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for inventory

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, the Ordr platform allows the security operators to get a complete and truthful inventory of all the devices on their infrastructure, both on the IT and OT sides. Karen Walker, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Taking inventory of all those moving parts, the bottom is that even with the finish line in sight, where the show is heading hasn't yet come into focus. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 The store also offers an extensive inventory of theatrical makeup and a magic shop. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 8 Oct. 2021 Between April 2020 and April 2021, inventory of homes for sale on realtor.com fell 53%. Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 The mayor of Mount Airy sent commissioners a letter before the meeting outlining the town’s desire to have development be primarily residential, noting a dwindling inventory of senior housing in the town. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 30 Sep. 2021 To get reimbursed for your personal belongings, most companies require a detailed inventory of every item lost, although some will advance a portion of your contents coverage without this list. San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 Later, police found a sportsman’s ax under the rear passenger seat and three knives in the center console, according to an inventory of items seized from the truck. oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2021 An inventory of the car found three unopened beer bottles in the 12 pack, an empty alcoholic drink in the trunk and another in the rear seat. cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fine-Dare said the federal government has not provided any funding to help institutions inventory or return Native American remains. al, 11 Oct. 2021 Some institutions have yet to inventory all the human remains and burial objects in their care as mandated by the law. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 After the company’s creditors forced it to be liquidated in 1984, Mr. Popeil bought its trademarks and inventory back for about $2 million. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Organizations of all sizes must proactively inventory and continuously monitor for new clouds and ensure their governance covers the ever-changing web of clouds. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Data from surveys conducted between 2010 and 2017 led to the creation of HistoricPlacesLA, a digital portal designed to inventory, map and contextualize the city’s cultural heritage sites. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Zillow data shows January home prices were up 13% from the previous year, and inventory down 25.5%. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2021 Their ongoing task since February 2020 has been to inventory his 6,000-plus book collection. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Feb. 2021 Laura Hancock reports defense teams would look at the data, inventory their assets and act. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of inventory

Noun

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

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inventory

Noun

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

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

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“Inventory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inventory. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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inventory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inventory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of inventory (Entry 2 of 2)

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

inventory

noun
in·​ven·​to·​ry | \ ˈin-vən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inventory (audio) \
plural inventories

Kids Definition of inventory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a supply of goods Inventory is low.
2 : a list of items (as goods on hand)
3 : the act or process of making a list of items

inventory

verb
inventoried; inventorying

Kids Definition of inventory (Entry 2 of 2)

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

inventory

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

Medical Definition of inventory

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

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inventory

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

Legal Definition of inventory

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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