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stockpile Syllabification: stock·pile
Pronunciation: /ˈstäkˌpīl/

Definition of stockpile in English:


A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, especially one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.
Example sentences
  • America would provide a safer form of atomic energy to prevent the production of a growing stockpile of nuclear weapons material.
  • No relief for prices after the Department of Energy said refiners can borrow oil from the nation's emergency stockpiles.
  • Over the next ten years both sides will reduce their operational stockpiles of nuclear weapons to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads each.


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Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials): he claimed that the weapons were being stockpiled
More example sentences
  • Aid agencies are stockpiling food, tents and medical supplies in the Middle East in anticipation of up to one million refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries.
  • It can also be revealed that the Department of Health is considering stockpiling the same vaccine for use on civilians in the event of an attempt to spread the plague in the UK.
  • The UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross are stockpiling materials in the region.
store up, amass, accumulate, store (up), stock up on, hoard, cache, collect, lay in, put away, put/set aside, put by, put away for a rainy day, stow away, save
informal salt away, stash away


Example sentences
  • Capricorns aren't pack rats; you're stockpilers.
  • He's a born stockpiler.
  • It's about the US itself - that great stockpiler, developer and user of chemical and biological weapons.
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