[ stawr, stohr ]
/ stɔr, stoʊr /
an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.
a grocery: We need bread and milk from the store.
a stall, room, floor, or building housing or suitable for housing a retail business.
a supply or stock of something, especially one for future use.
stores, supplies of food, clothing, or other requisites, as for a household, inn, or naval or military forces.
Chiefly British. a storehouse or warehouse.
quantity, especially great quantity; abundance, or plenty: a rich store of grain.
verb (used with object), stored, stor·ing.
to supply or stock with something, as for future use.
to accumulate or put away, for future use (usually followed by up or away).
to deposit in a storehouse, warehouse, or other place for keeping.
Computers. to put or retain (data) in a memory unit.
verb (used without object), stored, stor·ing.
to take in or hold supplies, goods, or articles, as for future use.
to remain fresh and usable for considerable time on being stored: Flour stores well.
bought from a store; commercial: a loaf of store bread.
Words nearby store
Idioms for store
- 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.
set/lay store by, to have high regard for; value; esteem: She sets great store by good character.
Origin of store
1225–75; (v.) Middle English storen, aphetic variant of astoren < Old French estorer < Latin instaurāre to set up, renew, equivalent to in- in-2 + staur- (akin to Greek staurós across and to steer1) + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English, aphetic variant of astore < Old French estore, derivative of estorer
OTHER WORDS FROM storestor·er, nouno·ver·store, verb, o·ver·stored, o·ver·stor·ing.sub·store, nounwell-stored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for instore
/ (stɔː) /
(tr) to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use
(tr) to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping
(tr) to supply, provide, or stock
(intr) to be put into storage
computing to enter or retain (information) in a storage device
- 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
short for department store
- a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
- (in combination)storeman
the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store)
a large amount or quantity
computing, mainly British another name for memory (def. 7)
Also called: store pig a pig that has not yet been weaned and weighs less than 40 kg
- an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
- (as modifier)store cattle
in store forthcoming or imminent
lay store by, put store by or set store by to value or reckon as important
See also stores
Derived forms of storestorable, adjective
Word Origin for store
C13: from Old French estor, from estorer to restore, from Latin instaurāre to refresh; related to Greek stauros stake
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Idioms and Phrases with instore
see in store; mind the store; set store by; variety store.
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