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    take inventory

    What does it mean to "take inventory"? Is it the same as "taking stock" of something?

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    Re: take inventory

    source: take inventory - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    take inventory
    to make an inventory list.
    They are taking inventory in the warehouse, counting each item and writing the number on a list.

    The hardware store closed once a year in order to take inventory.

    source: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/taking+stock

    take stock (of something)
    to make an appraisal of resources and potentialities.
    I spent some time yesterday taking stock of my good and bad qualities.
    We all need to take stock now and then.



    take stock (of something)
    to examine a situation carefully
    After two days of record snowfalls, millions of Americans began digging out and taking stock of storm damage.
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    Re: take inventory

    But I think "take inventory" can be also used to mean "examine something."

    A blogger who works for ESPN wrote, "At Basketball Prospectus, Bradford Doolittle and Kevin Pelton take inventory of the League at the Break."

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    Re: take inventory

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    But I think "take inventory" can be also used to mean "examine something."

    A blogger who works for ESPN wrote, "At Basketball Prospectus, Bradford Doolittle and Kevin Pelton take inventory of the League at the Break."
    In a broad sense, it would be but I checked the link and I think they were taking inventory in a figurative way. While taking inventory indicates past actions, examining doesn't do that.

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