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take stock (of something)

1. To make an itemized list or record of the resources or goods available, in stock, or in one's possession. We'll need to take stock before we move everything into the new warehouse. Be sure to take stock of the ingredients we have left at the end of the week so I can order more for Monday.
2. To make an appraisal, estimation, or assessment of something. Moving forward, we'll be holding biweekly meetings to take stock of our financial situation. It's good to stop every now and then and take stock of where your life is going.
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take stock (of something)

to make an appraisal of resources and potentialities. I spent some time yesterday taking stock of my good and bad qualities. We all need to take stock now and then.
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take stock

Make an estimate or appraisal, as in We have to take stock of our finances before we can undertake a new project, or The career counselor advised Mark to take stock before changing his plans. This expression transfers making an inventory of goods ( stock) to other kinds of appraisal. [Early 1800s]
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take stock

1 make an inventory of the merchandise in a shop. 2 review or make an assessment of a particular situation, typically as a prelude to making a decision.
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take ˈstock (of somebody/something)

think again carefully (about somebody/something); think about what something really means: After a year in the job, she decided it was time to take stock (= think again whether it was the job she wanted).He stopped to take stock of what he had read.
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take stock

1. To take an inventory.
2. To make an estimate or appraisal, as of resources or of oneself.
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