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inventory (n.)

early 15c., from Old French inventoire "detailed list of goods, a catalogue" (15c., Modern French inventaire), from Medieval Latin inventorium, alteration of Late Latin inventarium "list of what is found," from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to find, discover, ascertain" (see invention).

The form was altered in Medieval Latin by influence of words in -orium, which became very common in post-classical and Christian use. It properly belongs with words in -ary, and French has corrected the spelling. Related: Inventorial; inventorially.

inventory (v.)

"make a list or catalogue of," c. 1600, from inventory (n.). Related: Inventoried; inventorying.

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Definitions of inventory
1
inventory (n.)
a detailed list of all the items in stock;
Synonyms: stock list
inventory (n.)
the merchandise that a shop has on hand;
they carried a vast inventory of hardware
they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory
Synonyms: stock
inventory (n.)
(accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods;
inventory (n.)
a collection of resources;
Synonyms: armory / armoury
inventory (n.)
making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand;
an inventory may be necessary to see if anything is missing
they held an inventory every month
Synonyms: inventorying / stocktaking / stock-taking
2
inventory (v.)
make or include in an itemized record or report;
Synonyms: take stock / stock-take
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