shop

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 shoppe (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

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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Synonyms for shop

Synonyms: Noun

bazaar, emporium, store

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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

For buying specific cards, Channel Fireball and Star City Games are the big online shops. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Halloween is still a few months away, but one North Carolina thrift store has temporarily turned into a little shop of horrors. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 Across the hall is their men’s and shoe selections, and in the adjacent shop brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Simon Miller, as well as a collection of ceramics and other cool Brooklyn townhouse-appropriate objets. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 Not everyone is buying in to the one-stop shop strategy. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Amazon, Microsoft Tighten Grip on Enterprise Tech," 18 Mar. 2019 Remove the shop vacuum’s paper air filter to do this. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 The compact city is entirely navigable by foot, full of charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and shops selling the wares of local craftspeople. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 With social media, influencers, and the quickly changing landscape of the Internet, the way we shop is constantly evolving. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Female-Founded Tech Brand Is Changing the Way We Shop," 28 Feb. 2019 Hit up Bey Karaköy for Everlane-style minimalist menswear and cool-girl concept shop Mae Zae for handmade ceramics and funky wood and leather jewelry. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Over the weekend Jolie was photographed while shopping in Los Angeles with her daughter Vivian. Glamour, "Angelina Jolie Wore a $138 Everlane Trench Coat With $350 Sunglasses," 2 Apr. 2019 In an effort to expand its e-commerce platform, Instagram users now have the ability to shop directly in the app. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Use Instagram's New Checkout Shopping Feature," 19 Mar. 2019 The micro leather and suede box bag is available to shop in a number of shades and finishes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Visits Blackpool in the Pouring Rain Wearing Michael Kors," 6 Mar. 2019 Analysts say most of Tiffany’s sales to Chinese consumers are from Chinese tourists shopping in Hong Kong, Europe and elsewhere. Theo Francis, WSJ, "How Bad Is the China Slowdown? U.S. Companies Offer Some Answers," 11 Feb. 2019 Things then went quiet for a little until April 2016 when Harry and Kendall were seen shopping together in Los Angeles. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everyone Harry Styles Has Dated," 31 July 2018 AUrate was founded by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui to empower other women to shop in a market that has historically catered to men. refinery29.com, "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 Just one day after packing on the PDA while shopping together in N.Y.C., Grande showed off her love for Davidson on her Instagram story by wearing a slouchy sweatshirt with a photograph of her fiancé printed right across the front. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Shows Love for Fiancé Pete Davidson by Wearing a Sweatshirt with His Face on It," 29 June 2018 Scroll below to shop all of our favorites still in stock. Indya Brown, The Cut, "13 Designer Picks From the Outnet’s July 4th Sale," 29 June 2018

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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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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
US : to try to get a company to publish or produce (something)
British, informal : to give information about the secret or criminal activity of (someone) to an authority (such as the police)

shop

noun
\ 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

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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