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

And while Welles has heavy touring planned for the fall, Wells, who also works at an East Nashville coffee shop, plans to keep adding to his stockpile of material. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Welles Debuts Video for Beatles & Foxygen-Inspired 'Hold Me Like I'm Leaving': Premiere," 25 June 2018 Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin continued his stockpile of talent Friday as the Tigers landed another impact transfer. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou lands Evansville transfer point guard ahead of Courtney Ramey decision | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, rebels kept weapon stockpiles and factories in their own basements. Claudia Otto, CNN, "The siege that forced a suburb underground," 11 Apr. 2018 The proliferation of the weapons and a correlating jump in the number of incidents have stoked concerns among some civil libertarians and attorneys, who question whether the growing stockpile is ripe for overuse. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Taser use is growing among Mass. police," 13 Mar. 2018 Netflix, for example, has spent roughly half a decade building up a stockpile of original shows and movies that now number in the hundreds and stretches across virtually all genres. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 And big studios typically have a large stockpile of scenes awaiting release and can ride out a shutdown. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Adult Entertainment Industry Remains Shut Down After Positive HIV Test," 18 Apr. 2018 Still, the reserve stockpile--which remains near the highest level since 2015--suggests that emerging markets are better positioned to handle the market volatility that has accompanied the rising dollar since mid-April. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Emerging Markets Fight Back to Bolster Currencies," 9 July 2018 Critics, however, say that starting up the plant only adds to the stockpile. Washington Post, "Japan nuclear agency urges measures to cut plutonium stocks," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As a result, the Housing Bureau has stockpiled money but hasn't spent a dime making repairs at rental properties in east Portland. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Portland mayor proposes funding cut to program built on make-believe numbers," 4 May 2018 Baldwin has stockpiled money — $7 million at year's end — while Republicans are looking at a messy August primary between Vukmir, a longtime ally of Gov. Scott Walker, and Nicholson, a former Marine. CBS News, "Baldwin seeks best path to keep Senate seat," 9 Mar. 2018 Hildebrandt, a professor at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, and his colleagues are part of a project that has been stockpiling northern white rhinoceros genetic material for decades. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 Digging a little deeper than everybody else, a little more often, Ryan has been stockpiling dirt since 2001, collecting more than three hundred thousand samples—the largest geochemical sampling program on the planet. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Happy Fourth of July Please be careful out there, as adrenaline junkies stockpile their fireworks and emergency responders brace for a hectic night. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Your Fourth of July guide | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 4," 4 July 2018 Lombardo has said investigators might never know why Paddock meticulously stockpiled guns for the deadly attack on a concert crowd of 22,000 people. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "'Where is medical?' More Las Vegas shooting records released," 27 June 2018 The United States is stockpiling a mountain of cheese as big as the US Capitol Building. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 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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