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noun \ˈshäp\

Simple Definition of shop

  • : a building or room where goods and services are sold

  • : the place where a specified kind of worker works : a worker's place of business

  • : a place for making or repairing goods, machinery, vehicles, etc.

Full Definition of shop

  1. 1 :  a handicraft establishment :  atelier

  2. 2a :  a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale :  storeb also shoppe play \ˈshäp\ :  a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services <a millinery shop> <a sandwich shop>

  3. 3 :  a commercial establishment for the making or repair of goods or machinery <machine shop> <repair shop>

  4. 4a :  a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts educationb :  the art or science of working with tools and machinery

  5. 5a :  a business establishment :  office <a public relations shop>b :  shoptalk <talking shop>

Examples of shop

  1. I took the car to the shop to get new brakes.

  2. I am taking shop this semester.

  3. I made a table in shop.

  4. The wood shop is down the hall.

Origin of shop

Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa booth; akin to Old High German scopf shed

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with shop




Simple Definition of shop

  • : to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things

  • : to try to get a company to publish or produce (something)

  • : to give information about the secret or criminal activity of (someone) to an authority (such as the police)

Full Definition of shop


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to examine goods or services with intent to buyb :  to hunt through a market in search of the best buy

  3. 2 :  to make a search :  hunt <shopping around for a better idea>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 British :  to inform on :  betray

  6. 2 :  to examine the stock or offerings of <shop the stores for Christmas gift ideas>

  7. 3 :  to offer for consideration or acceptance; especially :  to offer for sale or in a trade —often used with around <shopping the manuscript around>

Examples of shop

  1. Where do you like to shop?

  2. I like to shop at locally owned stores.

  3. She is shopping for a new car.

  4. Many people now shop online.

  5. She's shopping her idea for a film.

  6. His own mother shopped him to the police.


First Known Use of shop


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