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stock·​pile ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce stockpile (audio)
: a storage pile: such as
: a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage
: a gradually accumulated reserve of something
avert stockpiles of unsold carsBert Pierce


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stockpiled; stockpiling; stockpiles

transitive verb

: to place or store in or on a stockpile
: to accumulate a stockpile of
a country suspected of stockpiling weapons
stockpiler noun

Examples of stockpile in a Sentence

Noun a stockpile of medical supplies an emergency stockpile of potable water and canned goods in the cellar Verb The government stockpiled vaccines to prepare for a flu epidemic. we should be able to stockpile enough vaccine for the upcoming flu season
Recent Examples on the Web
It’s also aligned with the National Biodefense Plan that President Biden launched in 2022, which prioritizes fully funding the stockpile and developing the capability to produce vaccines to cover all at-risk populations within 130 days of a pandemic. Raj Panjabi, TIME, 11 June 2024 The stockpile of assault rifles intercepted by federal agents were bound for Mexico, according to prosecutors. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024
Rainwater tends to stockpile on the edges of roads. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 France has spent more than $200 million to destroy their excess wine as demand falls, and Australian vineyards have had to stockpile two years' worth of production due to a lack of buyers. Anya Jaremko-Greenwold, The Week Us, theweek, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stockpile 

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Word History

First Known Use


1872, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stockpile was in 1872

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“Stockpile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an extra supply especially of something necessary accumulated within a country for use during a shortage
stockpile verb

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