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hoard

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noun \ˈhȯrd\

Definition of hoard

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

Examples of hoard in a Sentence

  1. a squirrel's hoard of nuts

  2. keeps a hoard of empty yogurt containers in his basement workshop for storing whatnots

Recent Examples of hoard from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hoard

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


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hoard

verb

Definition of hoard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to collect and often hide away a supply of :  to accumulate a hoard (see 1hoard) of hoarding food

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to collect and often hide away a supply of something :  to accumulate a hoard (see 1hoard) a tendency to hoard

hoarder

noun

Examples of hoard in a Sentence

  1. 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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Origin and Etymology of hoard

see 1hoard


HOARD Defined for English Language Learners

hoard

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noun

Definition of hoard for English Language Learners

  • : a large amount of something valuable that is kept hidden

hoard

verb

Definition of hoard for English Language Learners

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


HOARD Defined for Kids

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hoard

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noun \ˈhȯrd\

Definition of hoard for Students

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


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hoard

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verb

Definition of hoard for Students

hoarded

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hoarding

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

hoarder

noun


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