• WordNet 3.6
    • n stock-taking making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand "an inventory may be necessary to see if anything is missing","they held an inventory every month"
    • n stock-taking reappraisal of a situation or position or outlook
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stock-taking stok′-tāk′ing a periodical inventory made of the stock or goods in a shop or warehouse.
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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:

I livered more babies den most doctors sometimes de white folks had doctors but I don't take no stock in dese doctors.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I don't take any stock in these new fangled notions of makin' the jail pleasant for them as does wrong.
"The Camp Fire Girls at Long Lake" by Jane L. Stewart
It made him take fresh stock of his girl.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
The summer went by with no news and no hunchback; and that winter I stayed with an aunt of Captain Sproule's, taking care of her stock.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
I'm goin' to take stock myself.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII." by Various
This strange foreman wants to take stock in it.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
Let us "take stock" often and see where we stand.
"Laugh and Live" by Douglas Fairbanks
Besides, men don't take any stock in big-eyed, flat-chested, red-headed pipe stems.
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
Take up meat, strain stock, and measure off 1 pint.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
Scattergood went inside the store and leaned upon the counter, taking no small pleasure in a mental inventory of his heterogeneous stock.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland

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
The women take so little stock
In what I do or say
They'd sooner leave their cosseting
To hear a jackass bray;
My arms are like the twisted thorn
And yet there beauty lay;
"A Man Young And Old: VI. His Memories" by William Butler Yeats
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:

Film reviewers take stock in 2008, predict 2009.
Chamber to take stock at annual meeting.
LUXEMBOURG – EU finance ministers are in Luxembourg to take stock of the debt crisis before a summit of EU leaders later this month.
The giant online gaming company responsible for Farmville -- takes in more than a billion dollars a year but its stock price has recently fallen.
Taking Stock, Woz Worries About Creativity , The Jobs-Sorkin Movie.
It had to take an $8.8 billion writedown and the stock is plummeting today.
An Energy Bull's Take on the Possible Downsides for 3 Stocks.
Lundgren already taking stock of Federated's new prize.
Michael Vick's stock takes a dip through NFL Week 3.
Bloomberg Stocks were climbing at mid-day after taking an initial drop in morning trading.
Facebook stock was expected to take a dive Wednesday, when the company's biggest lockup period preventing insiders from selling the stock expired.
Now, of course, wires, switches and the like are back in stock, but generators themselves can take longer than normal to get.
As we draw close to the end of the year, it is time to take stock of all that has happened in 2012.
It's Friday and that means we take stock of who's playing well and who's not right now for the Texas Rangers.
Stocks Take a Hit After Holiday Weekend.

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