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[stok-tey-king] /ˈstɒkˌteɪ kɪŋ/
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
1855-60; stock + taking Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.

  • She had dropped unconsciously into her “stocktaking” attitude.

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

  • Preston and Paul had been going carefully through their books, and had been engaged in what might be termed a kind of stocktaking.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • The stocktaking is nothing; but I was afraid I might get another that would stiffen me properly.

  • 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
  • Now I think of it, fountain-pen shops always are stocktaking.

    A Diary Without Dates Enid Bagnold
British Dictionary definitions for stocktaking


the examination, counting, and valuing of goods on hand in a shop or business
a reassessment of one's current situation, progress, prospects, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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