verb (used with object), stored, stor·ing.
verb (used without object), stored, stor·ing.
- storage ring,
- storage tube,
- storage wall,
- storax family,
- store and forward,
- store brand,
- store bælt,
- store card,
- store of value
- in readiness or reserve.
- about to happen; imminent: There is a great deal of trouble in store for them if they persist in their ways.
Origin of store
- an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
- (in combination)storefront
- a large supply or stock kept for future use
- (as modifier)store ship
- a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
- (in combination)storeman
- an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
- (as modifier)store cattle
Word Origin for store
mid-13c., "to supply or stock," from Old French estorer "erect, furnish, store," from Latin instaurare "restore," from in- "in" + -staurare, from a noun cognate with Greek stauros "pole, stake" (see steer (v.)). The meaning "to keep in store for future use" (1550s) probably is a back-formation from store (n.).
c.1300, "that with which a household, camp, etc. is stored," from store (v.). Sense of "sufficient supply (of anything)" is attested from late 15c. The meaning "place where goods are kept for sale" is first recorded 1721 in American English (British prefers shop). Stores "articles and equipment for an army" is from 1630s. In store "laid up for future use" (also of events, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Store-bought is attested from 1952, American English; earlier store-boughten (1883).
In readiness, in preparation for future use, as in I'm keeping several videos in store for your visit. Edmund Spenser used this idiom in The Faerie Queene (1590): “Then for her son . . . In her own hand the crown she kept in store.” [1300s]
in store for. Forthcoming for, awaiting, as in There's trouble in store for you. [Mid-1600s]
see in store; mind the store; set store by; variety store.