[ stawr ]
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  1. an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.

  2. a grocery: We need bread and milk from the store.

  1. a stall, room, floor, or building housing or suitable for housing a retail business.

  2. a supply or stock of something, especially one for future use.

  3. stores, supplies of food, clothing, or other requisites, as for a household, inn, or naval or military forces.

  4. Chiefly British. a storehouse or warehouse.

  5. 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).

  1. to deposit in a storehouse, warehouse, or other place for keeping.

  2. 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.

Idioms about store

  1. in 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.

  2. set / lay store by, to have high regard for; value; esteem: She sets great store by good character.

Origin of store

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; see origin at in-2, steer1, restore

Other words for store

Other words from store

  • storer, noun
  • o·ver·store, verb, o·ver·stored, o·ver·stor·ing.
  • substore, noun
  • well-stored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use store in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for store


/ (stɔː) /

  1. (tr) to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use

  2. (tr) to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping

  1. (tr) to supply, provide, or stock

  2. (intr) to be put into storage

  3. 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

    • a storage place such as a warehouse or depository

    • (in combination): storeman

  1. the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store)

  2. a large amount or quantity

  3. computing, mainly British another name for memory (def. 7)

  4. 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

  5. in store forthcoming or imminent

  6. lay store by, put store by or set store by to value or reckon as important

Origin of store

C13: from Old French estor, from estorer to restore, from Latin instaurāre to refresh; related to Greek stauros stake

Derived forms of store

  • storable, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with store


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

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