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
  1. noun
    a secret store of valuables or money
    synonyms: cache, stash
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    type of:
    fund, stock, store
    a supply of something available for future use
  2. verb
    get or gather together
    synonyms: 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
  3. verb
    save up as for future use
    synonyms: cache, hive up, lay away, squirrel away, stash
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    type of:
    lay aside, save, save up
    accumulate money for future use
Commonly confused words

hoard / horde

To hoard is to squirrel stuff away, like gold bricks or candy wrappers. A horde is a crowd of people, usually, but it can also be a gang of mosquitoes, robots, or rabid zombie kittens.

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