Stocks are shares in the ownership of a company, or investments on which a fixed amount of interest will be paid.

…the buying and selling of stocks and shares…

Asstockprices have dropped, so too has bank capital.

N-UNCOUNT()A companys stock is the amount of money which the company has through selling shares.

Two years later, when Compaq went public, theirstockwas valued at $38 million…

VERB()()If a shop stocks particular goods, it keeps a supply of them to sell.

The shop stocks everything from cigarettes to recycled loo paper.

N-UNCOUNT()A shops stock is the total amount of goods which it has available to sell.

We took the decision to withdraw a quantity ofstockfrom sale.

VERB()If you stock something such as a cupboard, shelf, or room, you fill it with food or other things.

I worked stocking shelves in a grocery store…

Some families stocked their cellars with food and water…

N-COUNT;If you have a stock of things, you have a supply of them stored in a place ready to be used.

I keep astockof cassette tapes describing various relaxation techniques…

N-SING;;The stock of something is the total amount of it that is available in a particular area.

…thestockof accommodation available to be rented.

N-UNCOUNT;;If you are from a particular stock, you are descended from a particular group of people.

…blacks, Asians and people of Mediterraneanstock.

N-PLURAL()Stock are cattle, sheep, pigs, or other animals which are kept by a farmer, usually ones which have been specially bred.

His herd of 170 dairy cattle and 200 youngstockare kept on the land.

ADJ()A stock answer, expression, or way of doing something is one that is very commonly used, especially because people cannot be bothered to think of something new.

My boss had astockresponse If it aint broke, dont fix it!…

National security is thestockexcuse for keeping things confidential.

N-MASS;Stock is a liquid, usually made by boiling meat, bones, or vegetables in water, that is used to give flavour to soups and sauces.

N-PLURAL()In former times, the stocks were an instrument of punishment. A criminals hands and legs were locked into holes in a wooden frame while people threw things at them.

PHRASE/If goods are in stock, a shop has them available to sell. If they are out of stock, it does not.

Lemon and lime juice were both temporarily out ofstock.

PHRASE;If you take stock, you pause to think about all the aspects of a situation or event before deciding what to do next.

I was forty, the age when people takestockand change their lives.