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

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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 Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services, on plans to replenish and improve the federal supply stockpile. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for December 21: Stimulus bill, Covid-19, White House, Pan Am, Iraq," 21 Dec. 2020 The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the U.S. nuclear stockpile, was compromised as part of a monthslong cyberespionage campaign that is suspected to have been orchestrated by Russian hackers. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: It looks like liberals won on Biden personnel," 18 Dec. 2020 The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains America’s nuclear stockpile, was among the many agencies penetrated. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Counting down the highlights and lowlights in tech of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 That stockpile will build as second doses accumulate, until those start being shipped in January, 21 days after the initial dose was given. Josh Wingrove,, "Pfizer, U.S. Wrangle Over Vaccine Pace While Working Toward Pact," 17 Dec. 2020 This modest stockpile remains dwarfed by the almost 4 billion doses secured by rich nations, according to research by Duke University. NBC News, "Covid-19 vaccines are being hoarded by rich countries — poor ones are missing out," 16 Dec. 2020 One person’s stockpile isn’t another person’s shortage. Meena Harris, Marie Claire, "How Do We Find Joy Again?," 7 Dec. 2020 Northwell didn't need to rely on the federal government's dwindling stockpile. CBS News, "How hospitals in different parts of the country are grappling with COVID-19," 25 Nov. 2020 Under pressure to modernize the nuclear arsenal, the agency could decide on a further shift toward stockpile stewardship. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Laser fusion reactor approaches ‘burning plasma’ milestone," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This card is right for: Small businesses that want to stockpile transferable travel rewards to use for the future and a credit card with no annual fee. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "Do you have one of the 10 best credit cards of 2021?," 1 Jan. 2021 As operations slowed, some criminal groups were forced to stockpile their product in Latin America, Mr. Donahue said. New York Times, "Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Tweaked Their Playbook," 29 Dec. 2020 After that experience, the business decided not to stockpile ahead of other deadlines. Lucy Meakin,, "40,000 Lemons Missing: U.K. Port Chaos Upends Brexit Planning," 22 Dec. 2020 Additionally, there is no way to stockpile merchandise and wait out a strike or protest. David Sher, al, "The eyes of the world are on Alabama," 13 Dec. 2020 Biden is continuing to stockpile his incoming administration with prominent members of Obama’s team, and McDonough is the latest choice, according to a person familiar with the selection. Julie Pace And Zeke Miller, USA TODAY, "Biden picks former Obama chief of staff McDonough for VA," 11 Dec. 2020 The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to stockpile draft picks. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers acquire future second-round pick, Rayjon Tucker from Utah Jazz," 27 Nov. 2020 Trust, too, plays a role in why people have continued to stockpile this time around. Annie Vainshtein,, "We shouldn’t be panic buying again in the Bay Area, but some are. Experts explain why," 25 Nov. 2020 Grocers cannot stockpile perishable fresh produce, meaning regular replenishment of supplies is essential. William Wilkes,, "U.K. Turns to Cargo Jets, Freight Trains Amid Truck-Port Chaos," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of stockpile was in 1872

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13 Jan 2021

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“Stockpile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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