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stock·​pile ˈstäk-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce stockpile (audio)
: a storage pile: such as
: a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage
: a gradually accumulated reserve of something
avert stockpiles of unsold carsBert Pierce


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stockpiled; stockpiling; stockpiles

transitive verb

: to place or store in or on a stockpile
: to accumulate a stockpile of
a country suspected of stockpiling weapons
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
Recent Examples on the Web
The administration has until now rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's requests for the weapons, even after the United Kingdom and France have sent comparable Storm Shadow missiles, due to concerns both over escalation with Russia and of maintaining America's own stockpiles. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The package is the 46th drawdown from current Defense Department stockpiles for Ukraine since August 2021. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 6 Sep. 2023 After Huawei began running out of its stockpile of existing chipsets, rumors emerged that the company had been working on a 5G chip using technology sourced from China. Emma Roth, The Verge, 30 Aug. 2023 The attacks, often targeting critical civilian infrastructure, have had a devastating impact on Ukraine’s war effort, knocking critical power grids offline and destroying grain stockpiles, according to Vladyslav Vlasiuk, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 This had once been federal land, and during World War II, these structures were used to store stockpiles of TNT, built apart from one another to ensure that any accidental detonation didn’t destroy the whole area. Colin Dickey, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2023 The fierce competition hasn’t gone away for the federal government’s once-in-a-generation stockpile of infrastructure dollars. Globe Staff,, 24 Aug. 2023 The only solution is to properly destroy stockpiles of CFCs. Megesh Tiwari, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2023 The need to replenish stockpiles could yet reignite imports, which dropped to a three-month low in July. Time, 23 Aug. 2023
But Tod Hynes, senior lecturer in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, said cleantech investment funds have stockpiled over $120 billion in cash over the past two years and are on the lookout for wise places to invest it. Globe Staff,, 6 Sep. 2023 But fear not: the facility is stockpiled with a range of blasters from big to small to meet all your Nerf-ing needs. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 Four receivers isn’t enough for an NFL team on Sundays, and the decision comes after an offseason where Indianapolis stockpiled low-cost receivers with some level of experience, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with one. The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2023 By early afternoon, several restaurant patios in downtown Palm Springs were crammed with visitors in bright tank tops and sunglasses, chattering over food that wasn’t stockpiled from Walmart. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Customers cleared shelves and waited in long lines to stockpile bags of rice, reported NBC Dallas affiliate KXAS. Bobby Caina Calvan, Fortune, 29 July 2023 Under Elias, the Orioles have methodically worked to stockpile young talent, with those efforts beginning to pay off with a major league team that holds a one-game lead in the daunting American League East after Thursday night’s victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2023 Another common approach is a strategy to mitigate the impact of inflation on supply chains by stockpiling raw materials. Tasnim Ghiawadwala, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2023 Iran has been enriching uranium and stockpiling it as part of its advancing nuclear program. Jon Gambrell and Matthew Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1872, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stockpile was in 1872

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“Stockpile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an extra supply especially of something necessary accumulated within a country for use during a shortage
stockpile verb

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