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To "enumerate": to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list

While it's very close to what I'm looking for, I seem to recall a word from either a SAT or GRE prep book I used years ago that was more-or-less "enumerate", but without the "counting" aspect.

For example, what word would you use to describe the list of words/terms that make up a concordance, dictionary, or glossary? They're not merely a counted list of words - are they?

I feel like "list" is too generic/imprecise. What word am I looking for?

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  • Are you looking for the verb to describe the act of listing, or the noun to describe the list itself? The question is inconsistent in this regard. Jan 5, 2021 at 14:45
  • @NuclearHoagie - either, I suppose: often-enough in English, the same word can be used (with, perhaps, minor modifications (eg adding "to" or ending with "ing")) in multiple parts of speech.
    – warren
    Jan 5, 2021 at 14:47
  • You could catalogue the elements (as a verb), then use that word as a noun to reference the resultant "list". Please provide an exact context within which you want to use the verb and/or noun. Jan 5, 2021 at 15:47
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    By "context", I mean an example sentence, with a "blank" for the sought term. Jan 5, 2021 at 17:18
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    I didn't really "think you misspelt it" - that was supposed to be a joke! (BrE often uses s in such contexts where AmE uses z). (And in case you're wondering, I don't think you've misspelt "misspelled" either! :) Jan 6, 2021 at 18:38

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You can say that a concordance is a compendium of terms, in the sense of

2 a a list of a number of items

The dictionary defines concordance as "an alphabetical index of the principal words in a book," so index is another possibility.

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A litany is a sizeable list, set, or series, and can be used to describe a list of items or terms which are non-numeric. The term has a somewhat negative connotation, so one might have a litany of things like complaints, grievances, or chores. As far as I know, there isn't a verb form of this word, however.

As mentioned in the comments, catalog is a more neutral term for a list or set of items. The word when used as a noun refers to simply the collection of items, so a thesaurus or dictionary could be described as a catalog of words. When used as a verb, the word has a connotation of creating the set/collection of items, rather than simply reading from it. One could enumerate the amendments to the Constitution simply by reading a list of them aloud, for example, but that wouldn't be typically considered cataloging them, unless you were creating your own list for some reason.

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