stockpile

noun
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

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

What is more Camp than a 'fro of impractical proportions, complete with its own stockpile of hair tools? Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o Wore Makeup Inspired by Iconic Drag Queen Divine to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The family has a stockpile large enough to feed a small Third World country. sandiegouniontribune.com, "What’s cookin’ with Aunt Anna, Aunt Sofia," 22 Apr. 2018 The situation between the two countries is made worse by the fact both maintain stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 California began broad legal sales on Jan. 1 and gave companies six months to sell off stockpiles of marijuana, oils and edibles produced without strict testing requirements. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Many California marijuana products failing safety tests," 10 Sep. 2018 The Saudis believe the U.S. can respond to Venezuelan shortages by tapping into its emergency stockpile, people close to the Kingdom say. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "One Potential Beneficiary of U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela: Iran," 12 Feb. 2019 Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect, on average, to see a 600,000-barrel decline in crude stockpiles, but a hefty, 2.7-million-barrel rise in gasoline supplies. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Prices Decline on Global Slowdown Fears," 23 Jan. 2019 Crude climbed after an industry report was said to show the biggest drop in U.S. crude stockpiles since September 2016. Jessica Summers, Bloomberg.com, "Oil Climbs as Huge U.S. Supply Draw Seen Adding to Global Risks," 26 June 2018 Elsewhere, West Texas Intermediate crude declined as rising U.S. output overshadowed a surprise drop in stockpiles, with traders also focused on whether Saudi Arabia and Russia will boost production. Randall Jensen, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks rally, led by tech, as jobs give Fed cover," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And both Jealous and Baker will probably be outspent in the final weeks by attorney James Shea, who has stockpiled some $1.4 million for television advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "In what should be a good year, Md. Democrats struggle in governor’s race," 25 May 2018 Together In his Belfast factory in Ireland, DeLorean had stockpiled enough parts to build nearly 30,000 cars, but only ended up producing about 9,200. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean," 18 Jan. 2019 Both have raised and stockpiled more money than the incumbent. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Women Running for Office in 2018 Wear Gender as Badge of Honor," 3 Apr. 2018 Like many pot shops in California, the Urbn Leaf in San Diego bulked up its inventory before legal sales began on Jan. 1, stockpiling enough marijuana to last for months because no one knew what the era of legal pot would bring. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what’s next?," 27 Jan. 2018 No team in its right mind would plan on going 1 and 31 to stockpile picks for the future. WSJ, "Behavioral Economics Isn’t Browns’ Answer," 6 Feb. 2019 Rajneesh, like Asahara, had a medical facility in which deadly substances of various kinds were stockpiled, and were in instances actually deployed. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018 That is one of the reasons why the company is stockpiling in the U.K. Novo recently rented additional storage space in the U.K. Many of the company’s products need to be refrigerated, adding to the problem, Mr. Knudsen said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Danish Drugmaker Expects Higher Working Capital Needs Ahead of Brexit," 1 Feb. 2019 If industries complied with cheap stockpiled allowances rather than real emission reductions, emissions would not decline 40 percent by 2030. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 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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