What does Inventory mean?

Definitions for Inventoryˈɪn vənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Inventory.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inventory, stock list(noun)

    a detailed list of all the items in stock

  2. stock, inventory(noun)

    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"

  3. inventory(noun)

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

  4. armory, armoury, inventory(noun)

    a collection of resources

    "he dipped into his intellectual armory to find an answer"

  5. inventory, inventorying, stocktaking, stock-taking(verb)

    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"

  6. inventory, take stock, stock-take(verb)

    make or include in an itemized record or report

    "Inventory all books before the end of the year"


  1. Inventory(n.)

    The objects contained on an inventory; especially: the stock of items on hand in any business, either for sale and not yet sold, or kept as raw materials to be converted into finished products.

  2. Inventory(n.)

    The total value of all goods in an inventory.

  3. Inventory(n.)

    The act of making an inventory.

  4. Origin: [L. inventarium: cf. LL. inventorium, F. inventaire, OF. also inventoire. See Invent.]


  1. inventory(Noun)

    The stock of an item on hand at a particular location or business

    Due to an undersized inventory at the Boston outlet, customers had to travel to Providence to find the item.

  2. inventory(Noun)

    a detailed list of all of the items on hand

    The inventory included several items that one wouldn't normally think to find at a cheese shop.

  3. inventory(Noun)

    the process of producing or updating such a list

    This month's inventory took nearly three days.

  4. inventory(Verb)

    To take stock of the resources or items on hand; to produce an inventory.

    The main job of the night shift was to inventory the store, and restock when necessary.

  5. Origin: From inventaire, from inventorium, from inventarium

Webster Dictionary

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

  2. Inventory(verb)

    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

  3. Origin: [L. inventarium: cf. LL. inventorium, F. inventaire, OF. also inventoire. See Invent.]


  1. Inventory

    The word inventory doesn't have the same meaning in the USA and in the UK: ⁕In American English and in a business accounting context, the word inventory is commonly used to describe the goods and materials that a business holds for the ultimate purpose of resale. In American English, the word stock is commonly used to describe the capital invested in a business, while in British English, the sentence stock shared is used in the same context. ⁕In the rest of the English speaking world stock is more commonly used, although the word inventory is recognised as a synonym. In British English, the word inventory is more commonly thought of as a list compiled for some formal purpose, such as the details of an estate going to probate, or the contents of a house let furnished. In both British and American English, stock is the collective noun for one hundred shares as shares were usually traded in stocks on Stock Exchanges. For this reason the word stock is used by both American and British English in the term Stock Exchange.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inventory

    in′ven-tor-i, n. a list or schedule of articles comprised in an estate, describing each article separately and precisely so as to show of what the estate consists.—v.t. to make an inventory of.—adj. Inventō′rial.—adv. Inventō′rially. [Fr. inventaire—L. inventarium, a list of things found.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Inventory in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Inventory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Executive Mike Jackson:

    We still have work to do on inventory.

  2. Joseph Brandt:

    Control the Inventory - Control the profits!

  3. Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam:

    You and I need to discuss case by case the appropriate inventory levels.

  4. Husky Duvall:

    We do have substantial product in inventory to continue to supply customers.

  5. Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam:

    I wonder about the absolute size of our inventory in a number of activities.

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