stock·​pile | \ ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce stockpile (audio) \

Definition of stockpile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a storage pile: such 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


stockpiled; stockpiling; stockpiles

Definition of stockpile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place or store in or on a stockpile
2 : to accumulate a stockpile of a country suspected of stockpiling weapons

Other Words from stockpile


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Which then begs the question of why, knowing how vital chips are today, isn’t there a national stockpile of them? Greg Petro, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 The lack of demand for vaccinations may not be troubling the Kremlin, at least for now, because there is a relatively low stockpile of the vaccine itself. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 As those numbers go up, it should be noted that according to the state, there is a stockpile of 170,768 doses. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 So there was no enormous vaccine stockpile available on Dec. 11 when the Pfizer vaccine became the first in the U.S. to be authorized for use against COVID-19. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2021 Its focus has long been on maintaining the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, but that is not Granholm’s area of expertise. Joe Garofoli,, 15 Dec. 2020 The stockpile of arrogance, ignorance and viciousness is massive. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Since 2009, this stockpile of inventory has been a goldmine for the hacker community. Mark Adams, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 But the NYC Health + Hospitals’ pandemic preparation manual in 2019 said a large stockpile of personal protective equipment should always be on hand, according to the newspaper. Fox News, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While some teams patiently stockpile homegrown talent and hope to hit the jackpot, Los Angeles attempts to make its own luck by paying any price necessary to land the best players. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 23 Jan. 2022 Laura Modi, co-founder of Bobbie, an online organic baby-formula startup, said even intermittent shortages can lead parents to stockpile. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The Lower Colorado River Authority has limited large-scale dredging on the Highland Lakes to four zones where industrial operators may remove, process, stockpile and resell sediment from the lake bottoms. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 Automakers don’t like to stockpile components because excess inventory eats into their profit margins. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 Haman has since shown that braving the cold can teach your body to stockpile more of it. Max G. Levy, Wired, 3 Jan. 2022 Federal health officials are now moving quickly to stockpile the drug, called sotrovimab, from Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 23 Dec. 2021 The strategy to stockpile that cash is unfit for an institution with an urgent purpose, such as a children’s hospital, critics said. Yamil Berard, ajc, 19 Dec. 2021 Energy was led higher by coal stocks as China needs to stockpile ahead of the winter while clean energy names were off today. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of stockpile


1872, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2022

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“Stockpile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stockpile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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

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