- the examination or counting over of materials or goods on hand, as in a stockroom or store.
- the act of appraising a present situation, condition, degree of progress, etc., in terms of accomplishments and ultimate goals.
Origin of stocktaking
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Examples from the Web for stocktaking
She had dropped unconsciously into her “stocktaking” attitude.Tommy and Co.
Jerome K. Jerome
Now I think of it, fountain-pen shops always are stocktaking.A Diary Without Dates
As the new year approached Reynolds asked if there was to be any stocktaking, and, if so, on what lines it should be done?The Little Missis
It was my week's stocktaking that I told this particular lie about, and Kitty never knew when that temporary job came to an end.In Accordance with the Evidence
But indeed, if the loss of a single duster were the sole crime revealed on stocktaking day, you would be fortunate.Observations of an Orderly
- the examination, counting, and valuing of goods on hand in a shop or business
- a reassessment of one's current situation, progress, prospects, etc
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