shop

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

shop

verb
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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Examples of shop in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Verb

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

Two men displaying handguns made off with hundreds of dollars during a Thursday night armed robbery of an Oak Park sandwich shop, police said. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Armed men swipe cash register, rob customer at Oak Park Subway restaurant," 14 July 2018 The limited-time promotion kicked off Thursday morning in Build-A-Bear shops within the U.S., U.K, and Canada. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Build-A-Bear Workshop's 'Pay Your Age' Deal Canceled Amid Chaos," 12 July 2018 About 3,400 square feet of the space would be used for new retail shops; about 4,100 square feet would accommodate more storage and food preparation space for the Fruit Center. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Milton Marketplace wins zoning approval for addition," 12 July 2018 In those days the conversation in small-town barber shops was always about hunting or fishing. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Old outdoors magazine brings back memories of Kenai River legend," 11 July 2018 In celebration of LeBron’s arrival to Los Angeles, LA-area Blaze Pizza shops will give away free pizzas. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LeBron James' first tweet since joining the Lakers was about pizza," 9 July 2018 So much so, the shops are attempting to limit the lines due to safety concerns. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Build-A-Bear Workshop Pay Your Age Day: Long lines, large crowds," 12 July 2018 Masha, an employee at one of the souvenir shops on Moscow's Arbat Street, popular with tourists, said the Trump dolls were strong sellers. Eduardo Neret, Fox News, "Trump's leadership style - and his likeness - popular with Russians," 12 July 2018 McCellan shot the victim several times outside a corner store in the 1700 block of McCulloh St. and injured another person inside the shop. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore gang member pleads guilty to drug charges," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The stock price of the personalized online clothes-shopping company has more than doubled since its November IPO. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "With personalized styling and now kids clothing, Stitch Fix looks to avoid the pitfalls of subscription boxes," 10 July 2018 The sheriff’s office has signed up as an exchange location on the OfferUp marketplace App, however, this location can be used when shopping on any other Apps or whenever a citizen needs a safe location to exchange items, according to a news release. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County Sheriff offers safe spot to complete online transactions," 22 June 2018 Click the Shop Now button below any of them to begin shopping. Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle, "Pay less for your next Apple product," 13 July 2018 And those who've shopped a sale like this one before know: To score the best products, time is of the essence. Glamour, "Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: Best Early Access Fashion Buys," 12 July 2018 By 2012, Riley, then 41, started shopping a screenplay for a radical comedy about unions, displacement and the insidious effects of capitalism. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 While many still drop into the nearest Publix or Walmart to snag their burgers and hotdogs, an increasing number of conscious eaters are going old school by shopping at carnicerias and specialty butcher shops. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "Small butcher shops are in 'a renaissance.' How did they survive the supermarket offensive?," 2 July 2018 One rumor that has been confirmed by multiple outlets is that the Memphis Grizzlies are shopping their No. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 Teachers can also shop for classroom decor and supplies from a dedicated webpage and section in the store. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Walmart unveils digital tools to aid back-to-school shoppers," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of shop

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for shop

Noun

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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More Definitions for shop

shop

noun

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.

shop

verb

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)

shop

noun
\ˈshäp \

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

shop

verb
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

shop

noun

Legal Definition of shop 

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

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