Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) gradually accumulate a large amount of goods or materials
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A stockpile is a large accumulation of goods or materials particularly ones that are in reserve for use in an emergency or in case of a shortage. To stockpile something (verb) is to save or gather an amount of something to use at a later time.
Social Examples (Advance)
The government advised peopleto stockpile food and waterin preparation for the large stormthat was due to hit later in the week.
The United Nations accused the dictatorof stockpiling nuclear weaponsand debated whether to impose sanctions as punishment.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Aid workers on the ground made it clear that medical stockpileswere low, but governments around the world failed to act.
The success of the nuclear program has lead to a considerablestockpile of plutonium.
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