hoard

noun
\ˈhȯrd \

Definition of hoard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away a hoard of cash

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding; hoards

Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to collect and often hide away a supply of : to accumulate a hoard (see hoard entry 1) of hoarding food

2 : to keep (something, such as one's thoughts) to oneself she hoarded her intention— Virginia Woolf the people outside disperse their affections, you hoard yours, you nurse them into intensity— Joseph Conrad

intransitive verb

: to collect and often hide away a supply of something : to accumulate a hoard (see hoard entry 1) a tendency to hoard

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Other Words from hoard

Verb

hoarder noun

Examples of hoard in a Sentence

Noun

a squirrel's hoard of nuts keeps a hoard of empty yogurt containers in his basement workshop for storing whatnots

Verb

he's been hoarding empty yogurt containers all winter, with the intention of using them to start seedlings in the spring
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In another, far darker continuity, Hank attacks Janet, who has shrunk to miniature size to escape his wrath, with RAID and a hoard of gigantic ants. refinery29.com, "Ant-Man & The Wasp Have A Disturbing Incident Of Domestic Abuse In Their Past," 5 July 2018 But there’s another reason Buffett loves Apple besides its tech gadgets: Apple’s massive cash hoard, which allows it to buy back a lot of its own stock. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Why Warren Buffett Loves Apple Stock," 7 May 2018 From above, the floating island juts out into the water in a rounded triangular shape and creates a Where’s Waldo tableau with hoards of people gathered around the geometric pools. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "BIG-designed harbor bath opens in Aarhus, Denmark," 9 July 2018 Buffett likes to have a big cash hoard to ride out tough times and buy when prices are lower, holding too much cash is muting Berkshire's results. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Buffett sticks by embattled Wells Fargo, balks at insuring cyber risks," 5 May 2018 Better yet, the Services division grew rapidly, adding even more cash to the company’s already huge hoard. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's iPhone Is Alive and Well—and It's Bolstered by Services," 5 May 2018 The nightmare scenario is that China, which owns about 8% of the U.S. government’s public debt, could drive down bond prices by unloading even part of its hoard of Treasurys. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Why Investors Aren’t Worried China Will Weaponize Its Treasurys Hoard," 27 June 2018 For thousands of years, the return of the silver hoard to the Bristol Bay region controlled the lives of the people who lived there. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay is a happy place right now, but time — and the marketplace – will tell if those smiles last," 17 June 2018 As the Breitmans and Tezos came under ever more intense scrutiny, the value of the foundation’s crypto hoard escalated under their feet. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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This suggestion is possible thanks to an analysis of not just what was in the hoard, but also how it was hoarded. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britain," 9 Jan. 2018 Many are increasingly collecting and hoarding scooters way before the 9 p.m. start time, chargers say. Anna-sofia Lesiv, The Seattle Times, "The cutthroat turf war behind the race to charge Bay Area electric scooters," 10 July 2018 For every plastic bag hoarded and cord unplugged, a New Yorker tosses a cigarette butt or drops a soda bottle in the wrong bin. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 In Bali, macaques steal trinkets from tourists and hoard them as bartering tools for food (in this case, the exchange rate appears to be one pair of eyeglasses for a slice of bread). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 The group hoarded automatic weapons and recruited scientists as members to help develop chemical and biological weapons including sarin, VX, botulism and anthrax, according to Japan's National Police Agency. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 Should signs of a sharp stock-market decline begin to emerge, private-equity firms may also hoard their cash waiting for prices to bottom. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "LBO Volume Surges as KKR, Others Put $1 Trillion Cash Pile to Work," 13 June 2018 However, the Japanese giant hoards its best work for its own Alpha line of mirrorless cameras. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Sony's Newest Mirrorless Camera Flaunts Its Sensor Smarts," 23 June 2018 My American friends assume Switzerland is a neutral, Nazi-gold-hoarding cocoon of chocolate-and-cheese-eating yodelers. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of hoard

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hoard

Noun

Middle English hord, from Old English; akin to Goth huzd treasure, Old English hȳdan to hide

Verb

see hoard entry 1

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More Definitions for hoard

hoard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large amount of something valuable that is kept hidden

hoard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to collect and hide a large amount of (something valuable)

hoard

noun
\ˈhȯrd \

Kids Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supply usually of something of value stored away or hidden

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding

Kids Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and store away Squirrels hoard nuts for winter.

Other Words from hoard

hoarder noun

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