stockpile

noun
stock·​pile | \ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l \

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

stockpile

verb
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

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Verb

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

Meanwhile, increasing stockpiles in the U.S. have furthered expectations for ample supply. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Prices Mark Longest Losing Streak Since 1984," 9 Nov. 2018 Trade Minister Denis Manturov declared that Russia had destroyed its chemical weapon stockpile in 2017. Francesca Ebel, Fox News, "A journalist sees her worlds collide in nerve agent attack," 9 Aug. 2018 Soils below those levels are placed in other stockpiles, and further tested for beryllium and lead levels. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Radioactive soil from Ohio heads to Wayne County landfill next week," 22 June 2018 Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect on average to see that U.S. oil stockpiles fell by 3.6 million barrels in the week ended July 6. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Supply Crunch Lifts Oil to 3½-Year High," 10 July 2018 The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. Deb Riechmann And Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea's nukes," 4 July 2018 The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea’s nukes," 2 July 2018 The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed US intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. Matthew Pennington And Lolita C. Baldor, The Christian Science Monitor, "US wants North Korea denuclearized in a year, but concerns remain," 2 July 2018 That would end the ability of international inspectors to go to nonnuclear facilities and allow Iran to ramp up production of 20% uranium enrichment to reconstitute its nuclear stockpile. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Five Options for Iran After Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hoping to guarantee a future inventory of raw materials, Pete Utecht, American Sewer’s founder and owner, aggressively began to stockpile aluminum and steel. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump's global trade war expected to inflict economic causalities in Wisconsin and across nation," 10 July 2018 Though crowd-sourcing, users began to stockpile more circumstantial evidence that the accounts were linked, possibly even tying in Colangelo's wife. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Twitter reacts to story on former Suns GM Bryan Colangelo's possible burner accounts," 30 May 2018 McClellan keeps 100,000 gallons of it stockpiled in rows of hulking, black and white plastic bags adjacent to the tarmac. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018 Turkey leg demand is so high from Fiesta vendors that Bolner’s starts stockpiling them 45 days in advance from various smokehouses throughout the South. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Smoked turkey legs a Fiesta favorite you can make at home," 16 Apr. 2018 Chinese buyers have been stockpiling other products marked for tariffs as well. New York Times, "A Soybean Surge Makes Trump’s Trade War Look Deceptively Good," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, McSally and Sinema are stockpiling millions. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018 Two million tons of aluminum is currently being stockpiled across the U.S., three times what is produced in a year, according to a recent CNBC report. Pete Coors, WSJ, "In a Trade War, It’s Hard to Get a Head," 14 May 2018 Heitkamp won her first term by only about 3,000 votes in 2012, and both sides have stockpiled millions for the race. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump rallies for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer in North Dakota," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of stockpile

Noun

1872, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for stockpile

stockpile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stockpile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stockpile

verb

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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