noun, often attributive
\ ˈshäp How to pronounce shop (audio) \

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 How to pronounce shop (audio) \ : 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

Synonyms for shop

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Emma Rogue in front of her Lower East Side vintage shop. Frances Solá-santiago,, 4 Aug. 2022 Her downtown Fullerton shop opened in August 2020, and everything in it has a story. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 In Georgia, police took cannabis D8 products off shelves and money from registers from a shop owner. Peter Su, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 In Queens, New York, auto repair shop owner Audra Fordin says some customers have opted to save money by patching up a punctured tire only to be sideswiped by costlier repairs later. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 29 July 2022 The shop owner contacted police July 19 and said that the same man had also done this in the past. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 28 July 2022 The tattoo shop owner, 43, was briefly incarcerated but released that same day, records show. Charmaine Patterson,, 22 July 2022 Santa Barbara surf shop owner Sam Holcombe said the sharks are not hurting his business. CBS News, 14 July 2022 The end of January hit Salt Lake City vintage shop owner Jacqueline Whitmore like a blast of freezing wind. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ahead, shop our fashion favorites from the latest releases. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 22 July 2022 Ahead, shop the best countertop ice maker deals on Amazon, many of which are models that have been tested by our product experts. Heath Owens, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 Ahead, shop the best Lululemon deals from Huckberry to save up to 46% off. Heath Owens, Men's Health, 21 July 2022 Marrying the two brands will offer a physical location to attend the tradeshow and a digital platform to shop. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Ahead, shop the very best post-Prime Day deals of 2022. Heath Owens, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Keep scrolling for the best makeup, skin care, and hair care markdowns to shop right now. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 13 July 2022 One of the best Prime Day vacuum deals to shop is the iRobot Roomba i7+, which is currently $500 off. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2022 Ahead, 27 stunning evening bags to shop for your next night out. Lauren Caruso, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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\ ˈshäp How to pronounce shop (audio) \

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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