Definition of inventory in English:
noun (plural inventories)
1A complete list of items such as property, goods in stock, or the contents of a building.
- About 6 per cent of the slaves listed as sick in inventories of sugar properties suffered from cansaço or exhaustion.
- Intranets tie machines together, network storage provides repositories for data and information, and system inventories and file indexes list available resources.
- Such pieces are sometimes tantalisingly listed in inventories, but specific descriptive information about their precise shape, size, decoration, and origins is rarely provided.
1.1chiefly North American A quantity of goods held in stock: in our warehouse you’ll find a large inventory of new and used bicycles
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- Burned in recent years by huge unsold inventories of movie merchandise and fearful of the slowing economy, everyone from toymakers and retailers to moviemakers has cut back.
- At the same time, we've also observed an increase in both the quality and quantity of the inventory of regional sound rental companies.
- Even as retailers and wholesale distributors built up inventories, factory stockpiles so far this year are down at a 4.4% annual rate.
1.2(In accounting) the entire stock of a business, including materials, components, work in progress, and finished products.
- Striving for sales growth often means major upfront investments in assets, including accounts receivables, inventories, production equipment and facilities.
- Based on the revised data for third-quarter gross domestic product, businesses liquidated inventories last quarter at the fastest rate in any quarter since World War II.
- Businesses increased inventories by an annualized $12.8 billion, but this was down from an increase of $25.8 billion in the fourth quarter.
verb (inventories, inventoried)[with object] Back to top
1Make a complete list of.
- It seemed that this person might have been chasing particularly items, but since the whole collection wasn't inventoried, it was really impossible to say.
- ‘During the renovation, we inventoried the museum's collections and found we have a great collection of period pieces from the Sino-French War,’ said museum curator Hsu Shui-sien.
- In 2001, the city inventoried its street trees, completing the plan's first phase.
1.1Enter in a list: about forty possible sites were inventoried
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- The Iraq Cultural Heritage Initiative provides equipment, technology and methodologies for assessing and inventorying cultural sites.
- Other differences are inventoried in this book review.
- For liability reasons, Tucker suggests that tower owners employ a third party to inventory the site to show areas of danger concerning the site hazards.
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