Nearby words

  1. stoccata,
  2. stochastic,
  3. stochastic matrix,
  4. stochastic terrorism,
  5. stochastic variable,
  6. stock and station agent,
  7. stock boy,
  8. stock buyback,
  9. stock car,
  10. stock certificate

Idioms

Origin of stock

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English stoc(c) stump, stake, post, log; cognate with German Stock, Old Norse stokkr tree-trunk; (v.) derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for take stock

stock

/ (stɒk) /

noun

adjective

staple, standardstock sizes in clothes
(prenominal) being a cliché; hackneyeda stock phrase

verb

See also stocks

Derived Formsstocker, noun

Word Origin for stock

Old English stocc trunk (of a tree), stem, stick (the various senses developed from these meanings, as trunk of a tree, hence line of descent; structures made of timber; a store of timber or other goods for future use, hence an aggregate of goods, animals, etc); related to Old Saxon, Old High German stock stick, stump

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Word Origin and History for take stock
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Science definitions for take stock

stock

[ stŏk ]

The trunk or main stem of a tree or another plant.
A plant or stem onto which a graft is made.
A plant or tree from which cuttings and scions are taken.
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Culture definitions for take stock

stock

A share in the ownership of a corporation.

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Idioms and Phrases with take stock

take stock

Make an estimate or appraisal, as in We have to take stock of our finances before we can undertake a new project, or The career counselor advised Mark to take stock before changing his plans. This expression transfers making an inventory of goods (stock) to other kinds of appraisal. [Early 1800s]

stock

see in stock; lock, stock, and barrel; make a laughing stock of; take stock; take stock in.

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