from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A detailed, itemized list, report, or record of things in one's possession, especially a periodic survey of all goods and materials in stock.
  • noun The process of making such a list, report, or record.
  • noun The items listed in such a report or record.
  • noun The quantity of goods and materials on hand; stock.
  • noun An evaluation or a survey, as of abilities, assets, or resources.
  • transitive verb To make an itemized report or record of.
  • transitive verb To include in an itemized report or record.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A detailed descriptive list of articles, such as goods and chattels, or of parcels of land, with the number, quantity, and value of each; specifically, a formal list of movables, as of the goods or wares of a merchant: as, an inventory of the estate of a bankrupt, or of a deceased person.
  • To make a list, catalogue, or schedule of; insert or register in an account of goods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make an inventory of; to make a list, catalogue, or schedule of; to insert or register in an account of goods.
  • noun An account, catalogue, or schedule, made by an executor or administrator, of all the goods and chattels, and sometimes of the real estate, of a deceased person; a list of the property of which a person or estate is found to be possessed; hence, an itemized list of goods or valuables, with their estimated worth.
  • noun The objects contained on an inventory{1}
  • noun The total value of all goods in an inventory{2}.
  • noun The act of making an inventory{1}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun operations The stock of an item on hand at a particular location or business
  • noun operations a detailed list of all of the items on hand
  • noun operations the process of producing or updating such a list
  • verb transitive, operations To take stock of the resources or items on hand; to produce an inventory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods
  • noun the merchandise that a shop has on hand
  • noun a collection of resources
  • verb make or include in an itemized record or report
  • noun a detailed list of all the items in stock
  • noun making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English inventorie, from Medieval Latin inventōrium, alteration of Late Latin inventārium, from Latin inventus, past participle of invenīre, to find; see invent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French inventaire, from Late Latin inventorium, from Latin inventarium


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