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stock

noun  us   /stɑk/

stock noun (SUPPLY)

[C/U] a supply of something for use or sale: [C] New regulations should preserve stocks of haddock and other fish. [U] The company won’t let you return unsold stock. [C/U] Stock is also the total amount of goods or the amount of a particular type of goods available in a store: [U] New Video has 4000 titles in stock. [U] That CD is out of stock.

stock noun (INVESTMENT)

social studies [C/U] a part of the ownership of a company that people buy as an investment: [C] There is more risk with stocks than with bonds. [U] Stock prices fell this week.

stock noun (FLAVORED LIQUID)

[U] a liquid made by boiling vegetables or the bones from meat or fish in water which is used to add flavor to soups and other food: vegetable/beef/chicken stock

stock noun (ORIGIN)

[U] the family, country, or group from which a person comes: He’s an American of Irish stock.

stock noun (GUN PART)

[C] the part of a rifle (= long gun) that rests against the shoulder

stock

verb [T]  us   /stɑk/
to keep a supply of something for use or sale: They stock all sorts of gifts for travelers.

stock

adjective [not gradable]  us   /stɑk/

stock adjective [not gradable] (USUAL)

(of an idea, expression, or action) usual or typical: a stock phrase/response

stock

plural noun  us   /stɑk/

stock plural noun (ANIMALS)

short form of livestock (= animals, such as cows or sheep, kept on a farm)
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