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inventorynoun

uk   /ˈɪn.vən.tər.i/ us   /ˈɪn.vən.tɔːr.i/
(Definition of inventory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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inventorynoun [C/U]

us   /ˈɪn·vənˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr·i/
goods that are easily made available, or a detailed list 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)

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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 unsold cars could last two to three months. a big/large/low inventory
ACCOUNTING, PRODUCTION the amount of goods and materials owned by a company at a particular time, including parts, products being made, and finished products: Businesses are increasing their spending on plants, equipment and inventories. cut/bring down/reduce inventory We are trying to reduce manufacturing cycle time and the associated raw material, work in process, and finished goods inventory levels.
[C] a detailed list of all the goods and property owned 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 hardware upgrade costs.

inventoryverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪnvəntri, ɪnˈventəri/ us   /ˈɪnvənˌtɔri/
to make a detailed list of all the goods and property owned by a person or a business: The judge ordered 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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