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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Other Words from stockpile

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

These days, most of the Gators’ and Hurricanes’ coaches and players, along with many fans under the age of 40, do not have a strong emotional attachment to the one-time rival, much less a stockpile of memories. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida, Miami renew rivalry with a rich history mostly lost on current Gators, 'Canes," 22 Aug. 2019 Customers started working off their stockpiles, which cut into overall purchases. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "US Steel temporarily lays off 200 workers in Michigan," 20 Aug. 2019 Brandon Howard, part of the quality stockpile of receivers, has also been relocated to the secondary to strengthen that unit. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football preview: Clear Falls looks to take the next step," 13 Aug. 2019 Dish, a satellite-TV provider with an ample stockpile of spectrum licenses, has emerged as the favorite to acquire divested assets from the merging companies to develop a new wireless network. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "T-Mobile-Sprint Talks Slow Over Dish Ownership," 11 July 2019 Just after the egg and sperm fuse, there’s very little transcription [because the embryo uses a stockpile of maternal RNA from the egg to make essential proteins]. Quanta Magazine, "In the Ticking of the Embryonic Clock, She Finds Answers," 15 Oct. 2018 The nuclear accord has a stockpile limit of 300 kilograms. Washington Post, "Diplomats recommit to saving Iran deal, oppose US sanctions," 28 July 2019 Creating a stockpile of money to spend and having a treasure chest of draft picks is every executive’s dream. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Is Dolphins GM Chris Grier the right person to get Miami on the right track? | Countdown to camp," 18 July 2019 One prime example is redemption theory, or the belief that the government is hoarding a vast, secret stockpile of money that the average citizen, equipped with the right set of codes and know-how, can seize. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cyberspace has been compared to the Cold War for well over a decade, especially comparisons between weapon stockpiling and information conflict. Wired, "Cold War Analogies are Warping Tech Policy," 5 Sep. 2019 But winning college games at college football’s top level is about more than stockpiling players with lots of recruiting stars. oregonlive, "On mastering the fine art of being a successful, in-game college football coach: Issues & Answers," 3 Sep. 2019 As for the third team in this Texans’ triangle, the Dolphins are very clearly in a place where the Browns were three years ago under Sashi Brown—focused on resetting the franchise and stockpiling assets. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Texans Sit at the Center of Two Seismic Trades on a Frenzied Saturday in the NFL," 2 Sep. 2019 Some Brits are even prepping for an uncertain future by stockpiling goods prior to exit day. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "How will a no-deal Brexit affect food prices?," 27 Aug. 2019 With about 42 days of fuel stockpiled on site, the power plant will remain open a bit longer. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Last coal train rolls to Arizona power plant as closure looms for major polluter," 26 Aug. 2019 Ren Zhengfei boasts that his company has stockpiled enough components to minimize disruption to its supply chain. Fortune, "Why Trump’s Trade War Keeps Zapping Tech Stocks—Data Sheet," 14 Aug. 2019 In the 1990s, both India and Pakistan successfully tested nuclear weapons and began stockpiling warheads. oregonlive.com, "Kashmir, nexus of conflict between nuclear antagonists India and Pakistan, faces crackdown, plunges into fear," 5 Aug. 2019 Bush, the District 22-6A MVP last season as a wet-behind-the-ears sophomore, also rushed for a pair of scores as Summer Creek stockpiled over 400 yards of offense in the three quarters of game-like conditions. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park has some things to iron out after scrimmage loss to Summer Creek," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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