stock·​tak·​ing | \ ˈstäk-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce stocktaking (audio) \

Definition of stocktaking

1 : the action of estimating a situation at a given moment

Examples of stocktaking in a Sentence

It is time for a stocktaking.
Recent Examples on the Web The stocktaking also brings another new element: how Russian President Vladimir Putin has emerged as the key power broker in a more than 30-year-old conflict dating back to the Soviet era. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Prince William was also shown a robot called Betty, after Bamm-Bamm’s mother in The Flintstones, which was designed to work on anything from nuclear decontamination to supermarket stocktaking. Stephanie Petit,, 3 Oct. 2019 Five years after that first visit, Mr Xi faces a form of stocktaking. The Economist, 14 Oct. 2017 The Atlantic columns are enriched with personal memoir, and a stocktaking, as Coates takes the reader through his own life and reflects on how the columns relate to the present. Claire Howorth, Time, 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stocktaking

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stocktaking was in 1851

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“Stocktaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stocktaking

chiefly British : the activity or process of thinking about a problem or situation in order to decide what to do
British : the act or process of making a complete list of the items or things that are in a place

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