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"inventory" in British English

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inventorynoun

uk   /ˈɪn.vən.tər.i/  us   /-tɔːr.i/
[C] a ​detailedlist of all the things in a ​place: A set of 24 ​gildedchairsappear on the inventory of the ​house for 1736. [U] US the ​amount of ​goods a ​shop has, or the ​value of them: Our inventory of used ​cars is the ​best in ​town. [U] US (UK stocktaking) the ​counting of all the ​goods, ​materials, etc. ​kept in a ​place such as a ​shop
(Definition of inventory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inventory" in American English

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inventorynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈɪn·vənˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr·i/
goods that are ​easily made ​available, or a ​detailedlist of ​goods, ​property, etc.: [C] large inventories of ​oil and ​gasoline [U] The ​store is ​closed while we’re taking inventory (= ​counting and ​listing all the ​goods).
(Definition of inventory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inventory" in Business English

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inventorynoun

uk   /ˈɪnvəntri, ɪnˈventəri/  us   /ˈɪnvəntɔri/
[C or U] COMMERCE, PRODUCTION the ​amount of ​goods a ​store or ​business has for ​sale at a particular ​time, or their ​value: About half of the shop's inventory was ​damaged in the tornado. Analysts say the company's inventory of ​unsoldcars could last two to three months. a big/large/​low inventory
ACCOUNTING, PRODUCTION the ​amount of ​goods and ​materialsowned by a ​company at a particular ​time, ​includingparts, ​products being made, and ​finishedproducts: Businesses are ​increasing their ​spending on ​plants, ​equipment and inventories. cut/​bring down/​reduce inventory We are ​trying to ​reducemanufacturingcycletime and the associated ​rawmaterial, ​work in ​process, and ​finishedgoods inventory ​levels.
[C] a detailed ​list of all the ​goods and ​propertyowned by a ​person or a ​business: a complete/extensive/detailed inventorydo/make/take an inventory We need to take a ​hardware inventory to ​estimate the ​hardwareupgradecosts.

inventoryverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪnvəntri, ɪnˈventəri/  us   /ˈɪnvənˌtɔri/
to make a detailed ​list of all the ​goods and ​propertyowned by a ​person or a ​business: The ​judgeordered that all ​property should be inventoried before any more ​sales were made.
(Definition of inventory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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