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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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INVENTAR, n., v. Also -or, -ur; and reduced forms inveter, invitor, -veetor. [′ɪnvɪ(n)tər]

I. n. An inventory. Freq. in pl. the stock, crops, etc., listed in the inventory of a farm and taken over by a new tenant (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.; Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., m.Lth. 1958).Sc. 1703 Analecta Sc. (Maidment 1837) II. 147:
Dr Smith . . . is composing ane inventor of the records of the Abbay of Coldingham.
Ork. 1734 P. Ork. A.S. (1923) I. 65:
Inventar of the Steilbow goods, seed, and Servants bolls upon the room and lands of Northstrynzie.
Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. xxxii.:
If Mr Glossin liked to tak an inventar o' the property, and gie her a receipt before the Deacon.
Sc. 1846 C. Johnstone Edb. Tales II. 281:
Have ye an inve'tor o' the contents, hinny?
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxvii.:
The like o' him 'll never be able to pay the inveetor forbye to pit a cover upo' the place.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 166:
Ye wad be a month o' meens in takin' an inveter o' yer stock, Provost.
Abd.15 1954:
It cost a lump o siller to tak ower the inveters them leen.

II. v. To make or draw up an inventory, to catalogue, list.Sc. 1701 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1908) 329:
Inventaring the wrytts and evidents of this burgh without any reward.
Abd. 1714 Monymusk Papers (S.H.S.) 19:
To uphold the biggens on his said possession and leave them in as good condition at his removall as they are inventured to him.
Hdg. 1734 J. Miller Lamp Lth. (1900) 209:
The same [box] should be broken open, in order to inventor the money and papers in the box.
Bte. 1748 Session Bk. Rothesay (1931) 471:
There was a paper of date 1730 . . . which paper was inventord and bound up with the said Dugald's bills and put into his cabinet under seal.

[O.Sc. inventour, n., id., 1516, v. 1578, invytour, 1540, ad. O.Fr. inventoire, Lat. inventarium. Cf. also Mid.Eng. invitorie, id.]

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