Definition of inventory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnvəntri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnvəntɔːri//
    (pl. inventories)
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  1. 1[countable] a written list of all the objects, furniture, etc. in a particular building an inventory of the museum’s contents
  2. 2[uncountable] (North American English) all the goods in a shop synonym stock The inventory will be disposed of over the next twelve weeks. inventory control compare stocktaking
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin inventorium, alteration of late Latin inventarium, literally ‘a list of what is found’, from Latin invenire ‘come upon’.Extra examples Disaster response teams are completing an inventory of damaged facilities. Hotel chains often cut prices in order to sell excess inventory. That lamp isn’t listed on the inventory. The inventory lists many rare items. The manager is compiling an inventory of all the hotel furniture. The painting is listed in an inventory of his complete works. The store wanted to offer more items but stock less inventory. There were no forks in the inventory. a business that is low on inventory All my personal possessions were included in the inventory. Make a complete inventory of all items of furniture. She compiled an inventory of all the museum’s contents. The inventory lists several very valuable items.
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