take stock

take stock


  • to think carefully about a situation in order to make a decision
  • to reflect on your life
  • it can also mean to physically count things, for example in a shop

Example Sentences

  1. Before deciding on which job to take, Peter has decided to take stock in order to make an informed decision on which choice would be best for him and his family.
  2. Abdul had been at his new job for almost a year, he felt that it was time to take stock and reflect on whether he wanted to stay there or move on.
  3. Almost getting in an accident yesterday has forced me to take stock of my life and to decide what is important.
  4. John and Susan needed to take stock of their finances before deciding whether they could go on an overseas holiday for Christmas.
  5. Part of John’s new job at the bakery was to take stock every morning, he then had to tell his boss whether or not they had to buy more ingredients.
  6. The teacher told her students that they had to make some time to take stock of their dreams before deciding on a career.


The origin of the word stock comes from Middle English. It is a noun meaning: stump, stake, post.

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