Definition of stockpile in English:

stockpile

noun

  • A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, especially one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.

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

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials)

    ‘he claimed that the weapons were being stockpiled’
    • ‘Its commodity manager was stockpiling the metal just as its engineers were minimizing the amount needed in its catalytic converters.’
    • ‘He said he believed then she had been stockpiling tablets at home and he emptied the kitchen cupboard where she kept them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He rented a storage locker in a nearby town and stockpiled food, water and weapons.’
    • ‘Either it takes cat food a while to get here from the US or someone somewhere is really stockpiling the stuff.’
    • ‘He slithered into the far-right underground, began stockpiling food, water and guns.’
    • ‘They also stockpiled enough food and water for about eight days.’
    • ‘The UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross are stockpiling materials in the region.’
    • ‘We stockpiled the material and will utilize it as fill in washouts and other projects around our yard.’
    • ‘Several hundred tons of the richer oxidized material were stockpiled on the dump.’
    • ‘We have stockpiled water and medical supplies, and also built some wells near first aid centres.’
    • ‘Washington is stockpiling vaccines and drugs and boosting research into new detection devices and treatments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Food was stockpiled in their remote farmhouse, emergency contingencies were organised, a vegetable plot established.’
    • ‘Developed nations across the globe have stockpiled smallpox vaccines.’
    • ‘Some people have responded to the threat of bioterrorism by stockpiling food, antibiotics and other goods.’
    • ‘We looked at how much people ate when food was stockpiled - when they bought it in bulk at stores like Sam's Club.’
    • ‘When I am not watching Days of Our Lives or stockpiling cereal, historic early American desserts are one of my hobbies.’
    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
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Pronunciation

stockpile

/ˈstɑkˌpaɪl//ˈstäkˌpīl/