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Definition of "stock" []

  • A supply accumulated for future use; a store. (noun)
  • The total merchandise kept on hand by a merchant, commercial establishment, warehouse, or manufacturer. (noun)
  • All the animals kept or raised on a farm; livestock. (noun)
  • The capital or fund that a corporation raises through the sale of shares entitling the stockholder to dividends and to other rights of ownership, such as voting rights. (noun)
  • The number of shares that each stockholder possesses. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stock" in a sentence
  • "As the stock market extended its dramatic rebound from the 2007-09 bear market, the $169 million Aegis Value fund, managed by Scott Barbee, was No. 1 among actively managed funds in our quarterly contest, which ranks the 12-month returns of diversified U. S.-stock funds."
  • "In some cases tree size is determined by the stock and “dwarfing stock” is used to produce small, compact trees."
  • "A _bond_ is evidence of debt, specifying the interest, and stating when the principal shall be paid; a _certificate of stock_ is evidence that the owner is a part-owner in the corporation or company, not a creditor, and he has no right to regain his money except by the sale of his stock, or through the winding up of the company's business."