- a complete listing of merchandise or stock on hand, work in progress, raw materials, finished goods on hand, etc., made each year by a business concern.
- the objects or items represented on such a list, as a merchant's stock of goods.
- the aggregate value of a stock of goods.
- raw material from the time of its receipt at an industrial plant for manufacturing purposes to the time it is sold.
- a detailed, often descriptive, list of articles, giving the code number, quantity, and value of each; catalog.
- a formal list of movables, as of a merchant's stock of goods.
- a formal list of the property of a person or estate.
- a tally of one's personality traits, aptitudes, skills, etc., for use in counseling and guidance.
- a catalog of natural resources, especially a count or estimate of wildlife and game in a particular area.
- the act of making a catalog or detailed listing.
- to make an inventory of; enter in an inventory; catalog.
- to take stock of; evaluate: to inventory one's life and accomplishments.
- to summarize: to inventory the progress in chemistry.
- to keep an available supply of (merchandise); stock.
- to have value as shown by an inventory: stock that inventories at two million dollars.
Origin of inventory
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Examples from the Web for inventory
It has been rumored that Ebola is in inventory at high-level labs in many countries, some of which are not our friends.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
The group holds territory, and manages an inventory of heavy military and civilian equipment.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
October 10, 2014
Edmond began the inventory of looted objects after the liberation and before Paul returned to France.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
Salem personally selected 40 percent of the securities from the Goldman inventory.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
An inventory will reportedly get underway here in the near future.The Charleston Water Saga
January 14, 2014
Come, Johnson, he said, we will take an inventory of all we have left.
Now that the inventory was made, the next business was to fetch the sledge.
He had gotten thus far in the inventory when a shadow darkened the doorway.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Let us first make an inventory of the ship," answered Johnson.
The place for this information is under "Inventory Variations" on the sheet.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
- a detailed list of articles, goods, property, etc
- (often plural) accounting, mainly US
- the amount or value of a firm's current assets that consist of raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods; stock
- such assets individually
- (tr) to enter (items) in an inventory; make a list of
Word Origin and History for inventory
early 15c., from Old French inventoire "inventory, detailed list of goods, catalogue," from Medieval Latin inventorium (Late Latin inventarium) "list of what is found," from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to find" (see invention). The verb is first recorded c.1600, from the noun.
An itemized list of a firm's goods that have not yet been sold.