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 The emergency stockpile is stored in huge underground salt caverns along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Anchorage Daily News, "Saudi supply disruption puts huge U.S. petroleum stash in play," 15 Sep. 2019 Already, Iran has gone over the stockpile and enrichment limitations placed on it by the 2015 deal. Washington Post, "The Latest: Iran, France race to save nuclear deal," 3 Sep. 2019 Of all the stockpiles of talent Alabama has had over the last decade, having Hurts backup Tua at quarterback last season was the most obscene. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Don’t forget about Alabama’s most important position," 14 Aug. 2019 More than a decade later, The Oregonian/OregonLive found that untested kits more than doubled despite the public promises by police leaders to eliminate the stockpile after the girl’s death., "Victims of sexual assault in Portland can track status of their evidence kits online," 23 July 2019 And this trade, when completed, will mean that Thunder general manager Sam Presti has added seven first-round picks to the team’s stockpile in the last week or so. Tim Reynolds,, "Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, picks in another NBA blockbuster," 12 July 2019 And this trade, when completed, will mean Thunder general manager Sam Presti has added eight first-round picks to the team’s stockpile in the last week or so. Tim Reynolds,, "Russell Westbrook will reunite with James Harden on the Rockets after the Thunder trade the former MVP for Chris Paul and picks," 11 July 2019 Stem cells, famous for replenishing the body’s stockpile of other cell types throughout life, may have an additional, unforeseen ability to cache memories of past wounds and inflammation. Quanta Magazine, "Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries," 12 Nov. 2018 Its first response will be to bring oil out of storage to try to maintain exports, both from domestic stockpiles and from inventories held overseas. David Sheppard, Los Angeles Times, "Attack on Saudi facility exposes world economy’s ‘Achilles heel’," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Doing so, experts said, reduces the amount of time needed for Tehran to stockpile the fissile material needed to build a nuclear weapon — if authorities chose to do so. Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, "Iran backs off more nuclear deal commitments, heightening concern about the agreement’s future," 7 Sep. 2019 Miami has been stockpiling draft picks and is trying to invigorate its roster with younger players. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Dolphins swap Kiko Alonso for Vince Beigel in LB-for-LB trade with Saints," 1 Sep. 2019 The elevator buys grain harvested buy local farmers, stockpiles it and then later sells it. Fox News, "Mississippi farmers suffering after widespread flooding prevents crops from being planted," 1 Aug. 2019 No general manager is willing to break from the new orthodoxy of stockpiling young, cheap players, even if moving them is the only way forward in a trade. Jon Tayler,, "The Approach to MLB's Trade Deadline Has Been Boring. Sound Familiar?," 30 July 2019 Unlike nuclear weapons, which are expensive and stockpiled by a small number of states, cyber weapons are cheap and widely available, not just to nation-states but to criminals and malign actors. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "How Cyber Weapons Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Warfare," 18 July 2019 Due to the risks tied to running out of snow, hosts stockpile natural snow or divert and use a lot of water to make mountains of artificial snow that’s expensive and harder on the environment. Eva Kassens-noor, The Conversation, "Italy’s minimal competition to host the 2026 Winter Olympics," 25 June 2019 Miami has been stockpiling draft picks during an ongoing roster purge that brought 14 new players to the team just since the end of the exhibition season., "Player unrest among Dolphins after loss to Ravens," 8 Sep. 2019 Last week, Iranian officials broke through similar limits on how much nuclear fuel the country could stockpile. David E. Sanger,, "Iran announces new breach of nuclear deal," 7 July 2019

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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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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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