Definition of Inventory

1. Noun. A detailed list of all the items in stock.

Exact synonyms: Stock List
Generic synonyms: List, Listing
Terms within: Inventory Item
Specialized synonyms: Parts Inventory

2. Verb. Make or include in an itemized record or report. "Inventory all books before the end of the year"
Exact synonyms: Stock-take, Take Stock
Generic synonyms: List
Derivative terms: Inventorying

3. Noun. The merchandise that a shop has on hand. "They stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory"
Exact synonyms: Stock
Generic synonyms: Merchandise, Product, Ware
Derivative terms: Stock, Stock, Stockist

4. Noun. (accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods.
Category relationships: Accounting
Generic synonyms: Register

5. Noun. A collection of resources. "He dipped into his intellectual armory to find an answer"
Exact synonyms: Armory, Armoury
Generic synonyms: Imagination, Resource, Resourcefulness

6. Noun. Making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand. "They held an inventory every month"
Exact synonyms: Inventorying, Stock-taking, Stocktaking
Generic synonyms: Itemisation, Itemization, Listing
Specialized synonyms: Stock-take, Stocktake

Definition of Inventory

1. n. 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; specifically, the annual account of stock taken in any business.

2. v. t. To make an inventory of; to make a list, catalogue, or schedule of; to insert or register in an account of goods; as, a merchant inventories his stock.

Definition of Inventory

1. Noun. (context: operations) The stock of an item on hand at a particular location or business ¹

2. Noun. (context: operations) a detailed list of all of the items on hand ¹

3. Noun. (context: operations) the process of producing or updating such a list ¹

4. Verb. (transitive operations) To take stock of the resources or items on hand; to produce an inventory. ¹

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Definition of Inventory

1. [v -RIED, -RYING, -RIES]

Medical Definition of Inventory

1. A detailed, often descriptive, list of items. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inventory

inventory (current term)
inventory-clearance sale
inventory accounting
inventory control
inventory item
inventory management

Literary usage of Inventory

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"By inventory (Lat. inventarium) is meant a descriptive list in which arc enumerated ... Thus, an inventory is to be made at the beginning of a given ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"In action on fire policy insuring stock of goods, evidence held to show that inventory taken February 1st did not include purchases by insured during ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators by Edward Vaughan Williams, Walter Vere Vaughan Williams (1877)
"(61) The old practice of the prerogative court of Canterbury was to require an inventory to be exhibited before probate was granted; and this continued ..."

4. Valuation of Public Service Corporations: Legal and Economic Phases of by Robert Harvey Whitten (1914)
"New Jersey Commission—17.6 per cent on inventory-reproduction- cost. ... Wisconsin Commission—12 per cent and 15 per cent on inventory- reproduction-cost. ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"succession of William Henderson, purely and simply, without benefit of inventory; but, as this issue was specially found against them by the verdict of the ..."

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