stock - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it
    stock of:

    Keep a good stock of nutritious foods available.

    1. a.
      [countable] the total amount of something that is available for people to use

      Much of the city’s housing stock is of very poor quality.

      Time is vital if fish stocks are to recover.

    2. b.
      [singular] an amount of facts, stories etc that someone knows
      stock of:

      He had soon exhausted his stock of jokes.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the goods that are available to buy in a shop

    We’re having some new stock delivered this afternoon.

    in stock:

    Do you have any of these batteries in stock at the moment?

    out of stock (=not available now):

    I’m afraid that size is out of stock.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually plural] business one of the equal parts into which the value of a company is divided

    He made a living buying and selling stocks and shares.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the total amount of money and goods that a company owns that shows how much it is worth
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a liquid made by boiling meat, bones, or vegetables and used for making soups and sauces

    Add half a pint of chicken stock.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] animals such as cows and pigs that are kept on a farm
  6. 6
    [uncountable] the type of people that your family comes from

    He comes from Irish stock.

  7. 7
    [countable/uncountable] a garden plant with a strong sweet smell and pink, white, or purple flowers
  8. 8
    [uncountable] the degree to which someone is respected by other people

    The Prime Minister’s stock remains low with the electorate.

  9. 9

    the stocks

    [plural] a wooden frame that people were locked into in the past as a punishment
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