stock·​tak·​ing | \ˈstäk-ˌtā-kiŋ \

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.

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Five years after that first visit, Mr Xi faces a form of stocktaking. The Economist, "Life and soul of the PartyXi Jinping has been good for China’s Communist Party; less so for China," 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, "Review: We Were Eight Years In Power By Ta-Nehisi Coates," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stocktaking

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stocktaking

: the activity or process of thinking about a problem or situation in order to decide what to do

: the act or process of making a complete list of the items or things that are in a place

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