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  1. the examination or counting over of materials or goods on hand, as in a stockroom or store.
  2. the act of appraising a present situation, condition, degree of progress, etc., in terms of accomplishments and ultimate goals.

Origin of stocktaking

First recorded in 1855–60; stock + taking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stocktaking

bias, ethics, intuition, morals, valuation, stocktaking

Examples from the Web for stocktaking

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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

    Charlotte Skinner

  • 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.

  • But indeed, if the loss of a single duster were the sole crime revealed on stocktaking day, you would be fortunate.

British Dictionary definitions for stocktaking


  1. the examination, counting, and valuing of goods on hand in a shop or business
  2. a reassessment of one's current situation, progress, prospects, etc
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