stockpile


1stock·pile

noun \ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l\

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

Full Definition of STOCKPILE

:  a storage pile: as
a :  a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage
b :  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>

First Known Use of STOCKPILE

1872

2stockpile

transitive verb

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

Full Definition of STOCKPILE

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

First Known Use of STOCKPILE

1921

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