inventory

An inventory is an itemized list of everything you have. So you better take inventory of what’s in the fridge before going grocery shopping. Otherwise you'll end up with more jars of mustard that you don't need.

The noun form of inventory developed in the early 15th century from the Middle French inventaire, meaning “detailed list of goods.” It's most commonly used in retail: a shop's inventory is everything that they have in stock, ready to sell. You can also use inventory as a verb when you want to describe the act of listing out the merchandise or supplies you have on hand.

Definitions of inventory
1

n a detailed list of all the items in stock

Synonyms:
stock list
Types:
parts inventory
an inventory of replacement parts
Type of:
list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

n (accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods

Type of:
register
a book in which names and transactions are listed

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, stock-taking, stocktaking
Types:
stock-take, stocktake
an instance of stocktaking
Type of:
itemisation, itemization, listing
the act of making a list of items

n a collection of resources

Synonyms:
armory, armoury
Type of:
imagination, resource, resourcefulness
the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

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
Type of:
merchandise, product, ware
commodities offered for sale

v make or include in an itemized record or report

Inventory all books before the end of the year”
Synonyms:
stock-take, take stock
Type of:
list
include in a list

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