• WordNet 3.6
    • v stock-take make or include in an itemized record or report "Inventory all books before the end of the year"
    • n stock-take an instance of stocktaking "the auditor did not attend the stocktake or check the valuations"
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  • Will Rogers
    “Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up. If it don't go up, don't buy it.”


Take stock - To assess a situation, to conduct a personal inventory of ones beliefs and values, etc.


In literature:

But for all that, I don't like their way of fishin', and I take no stock in it myself.
"Amos Kilbright; His Adscititious Experiences" by Frank R. Stockton
Then he remembered the pictures of the bears in that story and began to take stock of them.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
They set fire to the rail fences so the stock would get out all they didn't kill and take off.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Either you stay here, and we go into Winnipeg; or you can sell the stock, take the money, and go.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Sal seemed unusually silent, and even forgot to take off her shoes and stockings when she reached the river bridge.
"The English Orphans" by Mary Jane Holmes
He sat down to make a minute stock-taking of his position and its circumstances.
"Bacon" by Richard William Church
Patricia scrambled to her feet and began taking stock.
"Patricia" by Emilia Elliott
Each was of the first Wall-Street fashion, invited to lend his name and take stock in every new enterprise.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
All you've got to do is to take $25,000 worth of stock and let your coal-land stand for as much more.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
But who's going to take care of you and your stock until you can work again?
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

The heathen worship stocks and stones;
My pious soul it shocks
To be instructed thus to take
An Interest in Stocks.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton
stock-taking, horse-play, worship, making love,
he stays the same shape, disgraces
a Royal I. To be over-admired is not
good enough: although a fine figure
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
Yet you went, a man contented
's though you had a king to call on
Who would take you to his parlour,
And buy all your stock of honey.
On you went, and in a sounding
"Reminiscence" by Padraic Colum
But pray can a lover be likely to please,
Who no lining has to his pocket,
Who'll melt down my guineas to purchase the lease,
And then take my fortune to stock it?
To stock it, &c.
"Nancy's Courtship" by William Hutton
There was a stock of temper we both had for a start,
Although we never suspected 'twould take us two apart;
I had my various failings, bred in the flesh and bone;
And Betsey, like all good women, had a temper of her own.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
Yes, I see you smile, Sir, at my givin' her so much;
Yes, divorce is cheap, Sir, but I take no stock in such!
True and fair I married her, when she was blithe and young;
And Betsey was al'ays good to me, exceptin' with her tongue.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Taking Stock & Moving On.
With the summer season winding down, shore businesses are taking stock of how they performed.
Americans are finally taking their food seriously, but too many kitchens remain woefully under equipped or poorly stocked.
This is the fourth time since November 5 that Icahn has scooped up stock in Take-Two, known for its Grand Theft Auto game.
Fenton Hord takes stock of LBM industry.
Stocks are taking a dive amid growing concern of financial problems.
Taking stock of ingredients that deliver that eminently appealing "fifth taste.".
Take stock, protect what's valuable Point of View.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed two new players and are taking stock of an increasingly injury-wracked roster.
Taking stock of what we have left .
Before focusing on what you need, take stock of what you already have.
While an employee at the Lexington Road Walmart stocked a shelf Tuesday afternoon, a man used a camera phone to take a photograph under her dress, Athens-Clarke police said.
Columns/Blogs Taking Stock Change happens fast, but you can rely on us.
Each season, Playbook illustrator Kurt Snibbe takes stock of NFL teams at midseason and offers a reimagined logo based on the team's first-half performance.
The Stock Market "Takes Off".

In science:

For this purpose, we take a sample of financial returns (e.g. daily returns on stocks), and we divide it into an estimation (”past”) period and an evaluation (”future”) period.
Exponential Weighting and Random-Matrix-Theory-Based Filtering of Financial Covariance Matrices for Portfolio Optimization
In March 1999 I was asked to give an SPS heavy-ion status report to the SPSC; clearly, the lab management had made it a priority to take stock of the return on their investment.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
Let us stop for a moment to take stock of some of the implications of the doubly invariant gauge-fixed Hamiltonian constructed above.
Symmetry Doubling: Doubly General Relativity
How science takes stock: the story of meta-analysis.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
During 2004, four divisions of the American Physical Society commissioned a study of neutrino physics to take stock of where the field is at the moment and where it is going in the near and far future.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper