noun, often attributive
\ˈshäp \

Definition of shop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a handicraft establishment : atelier

2a : a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale : store

b or less commonly shoppe \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 : a commercial establishment for the making or repair of goods or machinery machine shop repair shop

4a : a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts education

b : the art or science of working with tools and machinery

5a : a business establishment : office a public relations shop

b : shoptalk talking shop


shopped; shopping

Definition of shop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to examine goods or services with intent to buy

b : to hunt through a market in search of the best buy

2 : to make a search : hunt shopping around for a better idea

transitive verb

1 British : to inform on : betray

2 : to examine the stock or offerings of shop the stores for Christmas gift ideas

3 : to offer for consideration or acceptance especially : to offer for sale or in a trade often used with around shopping the manuscript around

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Synonyms for shop

Synonyms: Noun

bazaar, emporium, store

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Examples of shop in a Sentence


I took the car to the shop to get new brakes. I am taking shop this semester. I made a table in shop. The wood shop is down the hall.


Where do you like to shop? I like to shop at locally owned stores. She is shopping for a new car. Many people now shop online. She's shopping her idea for a film. His own mother shopped him to the police.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tan My Design is Hanoi’s oldest embroidery shop and a favorite of local designers and expats, who come here for breezy women’s clothing, housewares, and soft bed linens from Catherine Denoual. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Ed starts hanging around the shop and looking for ways to keep himself occupied. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A ‘Last Man Standing’ Sneak Peek Shows Ed Is Struggling With His Decision to Retire," 16 Nov. 2018 Between 2006 and 2014 the detainee got married and lived in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, working in various family businesses, including a women’s tailoring shop and a construction company. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "US citizen held 13 months for suspected ties to IS is freed," 30 Oct. 2018 Shortly after getting re-established in Wisconsin, Yurk began visiting antique shops and buying old fishing tackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 East Dundee officials have approved a gun shop and indoor shooting range for the Terra Business Park. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 The show at Krull will feature an array of everyday objects that reference the artist’s own life: paper dresses that serve as a nod to an uncle’s downtown L.A. dress shop and jackets that refer to her lesbian and feminist heroes. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Find a full list of shops (and Sweet City’s schedule) at Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 San Diego had less stores selling tobacco, fewer vape shops and fewer hookah lounges last year, police officials said on Wednesday. David Garrick,, "San Diego sees decrease in stores selling tobacco, hookah lounges, vape shops," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to in-store employees, Monday, especially in the morning, is the best day to shop at Costco. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 Oklahoma City is maneuvering to part ways with Melo and has given the player the OK to shop himself. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 While Mariner and industry advocates note that consumers can simply decline a loan if the terms are onerous, at least some of them may lack the time, English skills or other knowledge to shop around. Peter Whoriskey,, "Unsolicited checks can be a lifeline and an albatross," 2 July 2018 But Yates has made significant strides since then, and San Diego should be trying to shop him around. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Over the years, the office supplies company has been grappling with declining sales as more customers opt to shop online. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "A major retailer will close its midtown Charlotte store soon," 29 June 2018 Carrot collects and shares information on costs and results, which companies use to set up benefits, and employees to shop around. The Economist, "Carrot, a Silicon Valley startup, takes a novel approach to funding IVF," 28 June 2018 But with only $5 million to spend — as of now — the Pistons will have to shop at the bargain bin. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons and NBA free agency: 10 small forwards to watch," 28 June 2018 But the workers weren’t learning to shop more effectively for health care. John Tozzi,, "Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of shop


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for shop


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

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The first known use of shop was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of shop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.



English Language Learners Definition of shop (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)


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Kids Definition of shop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place where goods are sold : a usually small store a flower shop

2 : a worker's place of business the blacksmith shop

3 : a place in which workers are doing a particular kind of work a repair shop


shopped; shopping

Kids Definition of shop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to visit stores or shops for the purpose of looking over and buying goods

Other Words from shop

shopper noun



Legal Definition of shop 

: a business establishment : a place of employment — see also closed shop, open shop, union shop

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