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[ stawr ]


  1. an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.
  2. a grocery:

    We need bread and milk from the store.

  3. a stall, room, floor, or building housing or suitable for housing a retail business.
  4. a supply or stock of something, especially one for future use.
  5. stores, supplies of food, clothing, or other requisites, as for a household, inn, or naval or military forces.
  6. Chiefly British. a storehouse or warehouse.
  7. quantity, especially great quantity; abundance, or plenty:

    a rich store of grain.

verb (used with object)

, stored, stor·ing.
  1. to supply or stock with something, as for future use.
  2. to accumulate or put away, for future use (usually followed by up or away ).

    Synonyms: stockpile, hoard, husband, save, amass

  3. to deposit in a storehouse, warehouse, or other place for keeping.
  4. Computers. to put or retain (data) in a memory unit.

verb (used without object)

, stored, stor·ing.
  1. to take in or hold supplies, goods, or articles, as for future use.
  2. to remain fresh and usable for considerable time on being stored:

    Flour stores well.


  1. bought from a store; commercial:

    a loaf of store bread.


/ stɔː /


  1. tr to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use
  2. tr to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping
  3. tr to supply, provide, or stock
  4. intr to be put into storage
  5. computing to enter or retain (information) in a storage device


    1. an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
    2. ( in combination )


    1. a large supply or stock kept for future use
    2. ( as modifier )

      store ship

  1. short for department store
    1. a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
    2. ( in combination )


  2. the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store )
  3. a large amount or quantity
  4. computing another name for memory
  5. Also calledstore 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

  6. in store
    forthcoming or imminent
  7. lay store by or put store by or set store by
    to value or reckon as important

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Derived Forms

  • ˈstorable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • storer noun
  • over·store verb overstored overstoring
  • substore noun
  • well-stored adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of store1

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English verb storen, shortening of astoren, from Old French estorer, from Latin instaurāre “to repeat, start over, set up,” equivalent to in- intensive prefix + combining form staur- (akin to Greek staurós “pole, cross” and Old Norse staurr “pole”) + -āre infinitive suffix; noun derived from the verb; in- 2, steer 1, restore

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Word History and Origins

Origin of store1

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

  1. 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.

  2. set / lay store by, to have high regard for; value; esteem:

    She sets great store by good character.

More idioms and phrases containing store

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

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Example Sentences

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group’s hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” while ripping off their masks.

From Fortune

It also could help slow climate change, she notes, by storing more carbon where it can’t be released into the air.

Snowflake started out going after just one part of the database market, the data warehouses that stored big data and fed business analytics apps.

From Fortune

The Cupertino-based company is reportedly launching an online store in the world’s second-largest smartphone market later this month.

From Quartz

It’s also incredibly easy to store and carry from one place to another.

Here they are semi-touching at a grocery store; she likes kombucha.

He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in South Jamaica, Queens.

Along the way, Brinsley turned into a drug store, but it is not clear whether he bought anything.

The people you work with, or see at your grocery store, or your church?

It's nothing for someone to walk up to me in the store or at a restaurant and ask for an autograph or speak to me.

This gives to the second volume something of the smell of an apple store-room.

In this traffic he made money so fast that he opened an office, and subsequently a store of his own, in the Escolta.

The dry earth, sun-baked to a depth of many feet, was giving off its store of heat accumulated during the day.

At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.

That she was a product of the prairies and a wonderful future was in store for her because of the fact that her work was original.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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