To hoard is to save something (or lots of things) for future use. Squirrels hoard nuts for the winter. Old ladies tend to hoard canned food and used plastic bags.

People have been using the word hoard for both "to hide" and "treasure" for centuries; as both a verb and as a noun. Some hoard valuables, such as money, jewelry, and family antiques. Others build up a hoard, or cache, of things that aren't worth money but are important to them — like comic books or match books.

Definitions of hoard

n a secret store of valuables or money

cache, stash
Type of:
fund, stock, store
a supply of something available for future use

v get or gather together

accumulate, amass, collect, compile, pile up, roll up
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run up
pile up (debts or scores)
collect or gather
collect, pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
chunk, lump
put together indiscriminately
make into a bale
take in and retain
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
archive, file away
put into an archive
accumulate gradually
beat up, drum up, rally
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

v save up as for future use

cache, hive up, lay away, squirrel away, stash
Type of:
lay aside, save, save up
accumulate money for future use

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