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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.
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]
take stock1 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.
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.
1. To take an inventory.
2. To make an estimate or appraisal, as of resources or of oneself.