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]
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How to use take stock in a sentence
In our headlong quest for a legally perfect society, we don’t take the time to take stock of what‘s been created so far.
This, on the eve of a festival when the Jewish people celebrate their freedom and take stock of how free they truly are today.
But some wonder if it may be time for society as a whole to take stock of how much violence and darkness our brains can endure.
It does present an opportunity, however, to take stock of what we do know about the G spot, thanks to past scientific research.
I think the thing I learned was to sit quietly to take stock.
He was given time to view his possessions, to take stock of his new position, and then the neighbours began to call.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
Having done so, the occasion seemed opportune to take stock, as it were, of that position.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army | Charles Alexander Gordon
The front-files halted for a moment to take stock of the valley and to settle stray boot-laces.Soldier Stories | Rudyard Kipling
When the barrage ceased and it was possible to take stock of the result, appalling scenes were often disclosed.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher
I put a lot of miles between me and my recent adventure before I stopped to take stock.Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith