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.

    ‘a stockpile of sandbags was being prepared’
    ‘a stockpile of nuclear weapons’
    • ‘America would provide a safer form of atomic energy to prevent the production of a growing stockpile of nuclear weapons material.’
    • ‘Russia and the United States continue to maintain enormous stockpiles of fissile material.’
    • ‘So much aid has poured in to Indonesia, in fact, that one of the biggest problems the American marines now face is moving supplies from airport stockpiles to the areas devastated by the tsunami.’
    • ‘As the stockpile of supplies has quickly disappeared so more people have joined in the ruckus, desperate to get their hands on anything remaining.’
    • ‘The price of nickel was also down in London overnight after stockpiles rose, hurting miners, including Minara Resources and Jubilee Mines.’
    • ‘Dealers fear the storm will tighten fuel supplies, which are much lower than relatively robust crude stockpiles and more difficult to replace.’
    • ‘Over the next ten years both sides will reduce their operational stockpiles of nuclear weapons to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads each.’
    • ‘As long as there are stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the world, the possibility of nuclear terrorism remains.’
    • ‘No relief for prices after the Department of Energy said refiners can borrow oil from the nation's emergency stockpiles.’
    • ‘Both America and Russia massively built up their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘As of August, 61 countries had destroyed their stockpiles of land mines.’
    • ‘In fact, 47 thousand tonnes of mineralised material sits in a stockpile at the site unprocessed.’
    • ‘The Marines had established a large stockpile of supplies at Chinhung-ni.’
    • ‘When a conflict occurs, demand for supplies increases dramatically and existing stockpiles of materiel are depleted quickly.’
    • ‘We thought there was going to be stockpiles of weapons.’
    • ‘To date, U.S. weapons inspectors have not been able to find stockpiles of biological agents or signs of an active nuclear program.’
    • ‘The United States has ordered more supplies, but at these levels U.S. stockpiles would treat less than two percent of the population.’
    • ‘Until very recently, tremendous concern has been related to the immense stockpile of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Some experts have also suggested the government fund a stockpile of backup components for the energy sector.’
    • ‘The U.S. search, however, has so far not found any actual stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.’
    stock, store, supply, accumulation, collection, reserve, hoard, cache
    bank, pool, fund, mine, reservoir
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  • Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials)

    ‘he claimed that the weapons were being stockpiled’
    • ‘When I am not watching Days of Our Lives or stockpiling cereal, historic early American desserts are one of my hobbies.’
    • ‘He rented a storage locker in a nearby town and stockpiled food, water and weapons.’
    • ‘Its commodity manager was stockpiling the metal just as its engineers were minimizing the amount needed in its catalytic converters.’
    • ‘Food was stockpiled in their remote farmhouse, emergency contingencies were organised, a vegetable plot established.’
    • ‘The Government unveiled plans to cope with a deadly flu pandemic, including stockpiling an anti-viral drug.’
    • ‘My family kitchen resembled the storehouses of those early American frontiersmen who stockpiled food for months at a time.’
    • ‘We looked at how much people ate when food was stockpiled - when they bought it in bulk at stores like Sam's Club.’
    • ‘He slithered into the far-right underground, began stockpiling food, water and guns.’
    • ‘The UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross are stockpiling materials in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Developed nations across the globe have stockpiled smallpox vaccines.’
    • ‘We stockpiled the material and will utilize it as fill in washouts and other projects around our yard.’
    • ‘Either it takes cat food a while to get here from the US or someone somewhere is really stockpiling the stuff.’
    • ‘He said he believed then she had been stockpiling tablets at home and he emptied the kitchen cupboard where she kept them.’
    • ‘Several hundred tons of the richer oxidized material were stockpiled on the dump.’
    • ‘Some people have responded to the threat of bioterrorism by stockpiling food, antibiotics and other goods.’
    • ‘We have stockpiled water and medical supplies, and also built some wells near first aid centres.’
    • ‘They also stockpiled enough food and water for about eight days.’
    • ‘Washington is stockpiling vaccines and drugs and boosting research into new detection devices and treatments.’
    store up, amass, accumulate, hoard, cache, collect, gather, pile up, heap up, lay in, put away, put aside, set aside, put down, put by, put away for a rainy day, stow away, keep, keep in reserve, save
    squirrel away, salt away, stash away
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