stockpilestock‧pile1 /ˈstɒkpaɪl $ ˈstɑːk-/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 PMWGROUP OF THINGSa large supply of things that is kept ready for use in the future syn storestockpile of 🔊 a stockpile of nuclear weapons
stockpilestockpile2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 PMWINCREASE IN ACTIVITY, FEELINGS ETCto keep adding to a supply of goods, weapons etc that you are keeping ready to use if you need them in the future 🔊 An enormous volume of explosives was stockpiled inside one of the buildings.→ See Verb table
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stockpile• Kitchen cabinets have been quake-proofed, flashlights and foods bought, and water stockpiled.• Several militant groups are continuing to stockpileillegal weapons.• Imports of plastic waste rose by 450 percent during 1992, while Recoup is forced to stockpile its own waste.• The interiorminister for Bavaria, Guenther Beckstein, has said that Scientologists are stockpiling large amounts of cyanide and weapons.• Quit your old job when you have enough money stockpiled to keep you through the low-income days ahead. 3.• Last winter, he was unable to stockpile weapons and ammunition.From Longman Business Dictionarystockpilestock‧pile1 /ˈstɒkpaɪlstɑːk-/ verb [transitive]COMMERCEto keep adding to a large supply of goods, weapons etc that are being kept for use or possible use in the futureThe US government began stockpiling oil in response to the oil embargo. —stockpiler noun [countable]We have yet to see one of the big stockpilers of gold announce significant disposals. —stockpiling noun [uncountable]the stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons→ See Verb tablestockpilestockpile2 noun [countable]COMMERCEa large supply of goods, weapons etc that are being kept for use in the future, often because they will be difficult to obtain laterFollowing poor harvests, stockpiles of grain are expected to fall to their tightest level for 20 years.