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[kat-l-awg, -og] /ˈkæt lˌɔg, -ˌɒg/
a list or record, as of items for sale or courses at a university, systematically arranged and often including descriptive material:
a stamp catalog.
something that contains such a list or record, as a book, leaflet, or file.
a list of the contents of a library or a group of libraries, arranged according to any of various systems.
any list or record:
a catalog of complaints.
verb (used with object), cataloged or catalogued, cataloging or cataloguing.
to enter (items) in a catalog; make a catalog of.
verb (used without object), cataloged or catalogued, cataloging or cataloguing.
to produce a catalog.
to have a specified price as listed in a catalog:
This model catalogs for $49.95.
to offer merchandise in a mail-order catalog.
of, relating to, or carrying on business through a mail-order catalog:
catalog sales.
Also, catalogue.
Origin of catalog
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English cataloge < Late Latin catalogus < Greek katálogos a register (akin to katalégein to count up), equivalent to kata- cata- + -logos reckoning
Related forms
cataloger, cataloguer, catalogist, cataloguist, noun
[kat-l-oj-ik] /ˌkæt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
catalogical, catalogistic
[kat-l-oh-jis-tik] /ˌkæt l oʊˈdʒɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
miscatalog, miscatalogue, verb (used with object), miscataloged or miscatalogued, miscataloging or miscataloguing.
noncatalog, noncatalogue, adjective
recatalog, verb (used with object), recataloged or recataogued, recataloging or recataloguing.
1, 3. roster, register, record. See list1 . Unabridged
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  • Take photographs of the beautiful scenes and wild life around you and catalog them in your daily journal.
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  • Communal portraits of pride are also discussed in the catalog.
  • They don't look much different in nursery containers, and catalog descriptions sound similar too.
  • Most libraries simply had too few books to bother with a catalog.
  • No doubt this catalog was conceived and shot months before the meltdown.
  • He wrote a poem in computer code, and he wrote a computer program that helped him catalog all the things he had written.
British Dictionary definitions for catalog


a complete, usually alphabetical list of items, often with notes giving details
a book, usually illustrated, containing details of items for sale, esp as used by mail-order companies
a list of all the books or resources of a library
(US & Canadian) a publication issued by a university, college, etc, listing courses offered, regulations, services, etc
(NZ) a list of wool lots prepared for auction
verb -logues, -loguing, -logued (US) -logs, -loging, -loged
to compile a catalogue of (a library)
to add (books, items, etc) to an existing catalogue
Derived Forms
cataloguer, cataloguist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, from kata- completely + legein to collect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for catalog

see catalogue.

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