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.

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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 forms of inventory

inventoriable, adjectiveinventorial, adjectiveinventorially, adverb

Word Origin for inventory

C16: from Medieval Latin inventōrium; see invent
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Cultural definitions for inventory

inventory

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

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