in store,
    1. in readiness or reserve.
    2. 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
Related formsstor·er, nouno·ver·store, verb, o·ver·stored, o·ver·stor·ing.sub·store, nounwell-stored, adjective

Synonyms for store Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for store

British Dictionary definitions for store



(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


  1. an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
  2. (in combination)storefront
  1. a large supply or stock kept for future use
  2. (as modifier)store ship
  1. a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
  2. (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
  1. an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
  2. (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 Formsstorable, 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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Word Origin and History 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).

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Idioms and Phrases with store


see in store; mind the store; set store by; variety store.

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