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stockpile

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noun stock·pile \ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of stockpile

  • : a large supply of something that is kept for future use

Full Definition of stockpile

  1. :  a storage pile: asa :  a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortageb :  a gradually accumulated reserve of something <avert stockpiles of unsold cars — Bert Pierce>

Examples of stockpile

  1. a stockpile of medical supplies

  2. <an emergency stockpile of potable water and canned goods in the cellar>



1872

First Known Use of stockpile

1872


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stockpile

transitive verb stock·pile

Simple Definition of stockpile

  • : to get and keep a large supply of (something) for future use

Full Definition of stockpile

  1. 1 :  to place or store in or on a stockpile

  2. 2 :  to accumulate a stockpile of <a country suspected of stockpiling weapons>

stock·pil·er noun

Examples of stockpile

  1. The government stockpiled vaccines to prepare for a flu epidemic.

  2. <we should be able to stockpile enough vaccine for the upcoming flu season>



1921

First Known Use of stockpile

1921



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