1. A supply or store of something held or hidden for future use.
2. A collection or supply, as of memories or information, that one keeps to oneself for future use.
v. hoard·ed, hoard·ing, hoards
1. To accumulate a hoard of: hoarded his money in a box under the bed.
2. To accumulate as much of (something) as one can, as when fearing a shortage.
3. To keep hidden or private: "the impulse to hoard the raw material of experience and turn it into art" (Bernard Cooper).
To gather or accumulate a hoard.
[Middle English hord, from Old English; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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