inventory

[ in-vuhn-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈɪn vənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural in·ven·to·ries.

verb (used with object), in·ven·to·ried, in·ven·to·ry·ing.

verb (used without object), in·ven·to·ried, in·ven·to·ry·ing.

to have value as shown by an inventory: stock that inventories at two million dollars.

Nearby words

  1. invent the wheel,
  2. invention,
  3. inventive,
  4. inventively,
  5. inventor,
  6. inver grove heights,
  7. inveracity,
  8. inveraray,
  9. invercargill,
  10. inverclyde

Origin of inventory

1375–1425; late Middle English inventorie < Medieval Latin inventōrium; see invent, -tory2

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British Dictionary definitions for inventory

inventory

/ (ˈɪnvəntərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun

a detailed list of articles, goods, property, etc
(often plural) accounting, mainly US
  1. the amount or value of a firm's current assets that consist of raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods; stock
  2. such assets individually

verb -tories, -torying or -toried

(tr) to enter (items) in an inventory; make a list of
Derived Formsinventoriable, adjectiveinventorial, adjectiveinventorially, adverb

Word Origin for inventory

C16: from Medieval Latin inventōrium; see invent

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Word Origin and History for inventory

inventory

n.

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.

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Culture definitions for inventory

inventory

An itemized list of a firm's goods that have not yet been sold.

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