stocks, stocking, stocked
1) N-COUNT: usu pl Stocks are shares in the ownership of a company, or investments on which a fixed amount of interest will be paid.

...the buying and selling of stocks and shares...

As stock prices have dropped, so too has bank capital.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu poss N A company's stock is the amount of money which the company has through selling shares.

Two years later, when Compaq went public, their stock was valued at $38 million...

The Fisher family holds 40% of the stock.

3) VERB: no cont If a shop stocks particular goods, it keeps a supply of them to sell.

[V n] The shop stocks everything from cigarettes to recycled loo paper.

4) N-UNCOUNT A shop's stock is the total amount of goods which it has available to sell.

We took the decision to withdraw a quantity of stock from sale.

5) VERB If you stock something such as a cupboard, shelf, or room, you fill it with food or other things.

[V n] I worked stocking shelves in a grocery store...

[V n with n] Some families stocked their cellars with food and water...

[V-ed] The kitchen cupboard was stocked with tins of soup.

Stock up means the same as stock.

V n P with n I had to stock the boat up with food... V P n (not pron) Customers travel from hundreds of miles away to stock up their deep freezes... Also V n P V P n (not pron) with n Start planning for Christmas now by stocking up the freezer with some festive dishes.

6) N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n If you have a stock of things, you have a supply of them stored in a place ready to be used.

I keep a stock of cassette tapes describing various relaxation techniques...

Stocks of ammunition were running low.

7) N-SING: with supp The stock of something is the total amount of it that is available in a particular area. [mainly BRIT]

...the stock of accommodation available to be rented.

8) N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N If you are from a particular stock, you are descended from a particular group of people. [FORMAL]

We are both from working class stock.

...blacks, Asians and people of Mediterranean stock.

9) N-PLURAL Stock are cattle, sheep, pigs, or other animals which are kept by a farmer, usually ones which have been specially bred.

I am carefully selecting the breeding stock...

His herd of 170 dairy cattle and 200 young stock are kept on the land.

10) ADJ: ADJ n A stock answer, expression, or way of doing something is one that is very commonly used, especially because people cannot be bothered to think of something new.

My boss had a stock response - `If it ain't broke, don't fix it!'...

National security is the stock excuse for keeping things confidential.

11) N-MASS Stock is a liquid, usually made by boiling meat, bones, or vegetables in water, that is used to give flavour to soups and sauces.
12) N-PLURAL In former times, the stocks were an instrument of punishment. A criminal's hands and legs were locked into holes in a wooden frame while people threw things at them.
13) See also , laughing stock, rolling stock
14) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If goods are in stock, a shop has them available to sell. If they are out of stock, it does not.

Check that your size is in stock...

Lemon and lime juice were both temporarily out of stock.

15) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR of n If you take stock, you pause to think about all the aspects of a situation or event before deciding what to do next.

It was time to take stock of the situation...

I was forty, the age when people take stock and change their lives.

16) lock, stock, and barrelsee barrel
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