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

Pump jacks and a gas flare near Williston, N.D. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said oil stockpiles fell by 2.7 million barrels in the latest week. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Prices Edge Higher on Rising U.S. Stocks," 16 Jan. 2019 Or its missiles, its stockpiles of VX and other nerve agents, or its biological weapons. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump makes a bet on his ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korean leader," 12 June 2018 But the researchers said the BOJ didn’t need a large flow of new buying each year to keep long-term rates down, so long as the total stockpile of bonds was already big. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Numbers Game: For the Bank of Japan, 80 Trillion Means About 20 Trillion," 21 Jan. 2019 Strong demand from consumers and businesses sharply reduced the stockpiles of goods held on many store shelves and warehouses. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "Strong US growth likely drove healthy job gain in July," 3 Aug. 2018 In fact, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Coats this week to assess whether North Korea is really willing to significantly reduce its stockpile. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Unlike Trump, Dan Coats doesn't shy from calling out Russia," 13 July 2018 Kim could still decide to give up a portion of his stockpile, which is estimated to include as many as 60 nuclear devices, in return for security guarantees from the United States, the officials said. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "Pompeo heads to North Korea to press Kim on nuclear disarmament," 6 July 2018 That adds to a report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, a Pentagon spy agency, which concludes North Korea hopes to hold on to some of its stockpile, purposefully hiding parts of it from the United States and others. Alex Ward, Vox, "Let’s just say it looks like North Korea is lying about giving up its nukes.," 2 July 2018 North Korea could also agree to limit the size of its stockpile of fissile material used for making nuclear weapons. Fortune, "What a Trump-Kim Deal Could Look Like — From Good to Bad to Worse," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 To get an idea of exactly what's worth paying attention to in Dermstore's Anniversary Sale, our beauty team stockpiled the options, divided, and conquered to narrow down the frankly absurd number of choices. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Dermstore's Anniversary Sale Has So Many Best-Selling Beauty Products Up For Grabs," 10 Aug. 2018 That was Holland’s Golden Age — when merchants ruled the waves, stockpiled profits, and hired Rembrandt to paint their portraits. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Easing into the Netherlands with pickled herring and a polite red-light district | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 However, as soon as news about tariffs broke, manufacturers began stockpiling materials in anticipation of higher prices. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 Republican Dino Rossi continues to stockpile campaign cash in his race to succeed retiring GOP Congressman Dave Reichert in the high-stakes race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Republican Dino Rossi passes $2.8 million, Kim Schrier leads Democrats in race for Reichert’s seat," 16 July 2018 So popular is the drink in Scotland that fans stockpiled cans in anticipation of the UK government's introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks last month which forced a change in recipe, cutting the sugar in it by almost half. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Donald Trump angers Scots after luxury golf resort bans Irn-Bru," 10 May 2018 That’s already slowed shipments to the U.S. And America’s solar installers stockpiled a bunch of equipment last year in anticipation of Trump’s ruling. Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg.com, "California Passes Solar Standard and Asia's Sidelined -- for Now," 9 May 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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