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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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

Bentley was opening her store in Silver Lake, and used Levine's wall hangings as a focal point in the shop. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Ceramicist Heather Levine Creates Her Celeb-Favorite Wall Hangings," 15 Jan. 2019 Among the new shops opening is Café Con Libros, a feminist bookstore in Brooklyn owned by an Afro-Latinx woman. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 Sweets from the books like Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and Fizzing Whizbees are also for sale in the gift shop. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 From now on, buying anything in the shop will give you two options: one to keep your purchase and another to give it away to a friend. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s gifting feature goes into week-long test starting today," 27 Nov. 2018 The customers are so over the temporary shop down the block. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 According to Taste of Country, the local shop will also set up a toy aisle during the holiday season and will accept donations for new, unopened toys year-round. Fox News, "Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams to open free grocery store in Nashville," 3 Oct. 2018 Stores are also running out of letters to print Ronaldo's name, while the shop nearest the stadium reportedly ran out of the actual shirt on Wednesday night as the city gears up to welcome the man himself, at his presentation on Monday. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo mania inspires 'CR7' ice cream, pizza," 13 July 2018 The New Braunfels shop can handle 562 people, according to the fire marshal, mostly on big wooden picnic tables sprawled across concrete floors. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many of the big luxury brands say that China’s rich are still shopping hard. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Lunar New Year will show trade war’s effects in China economy," 4 Feb. 2019 See some of our favorite pieces from the collection, and shop the entire line here. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside Collaborates with Blogger Victoria Smith on a Sumptuous Boho Collection," 31 Jan. 2019 See which coats make the cut and shop similar pieces below. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Fashion Director Kerry Pieri Try on Her Entire Winter Wardrobe," 29 Jan. 2019 People shopping with gift cards also spend more than their cash-paying counterparts. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Pay close attention, especially when shopping at a serve-yourself location or online. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019 His real-estate agents have been quietly shopping it around as a pocket listing for several months, and are now officially putting it on the market. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "L.A. Megamansion Developer Asks $55 Million for Gigantic Bachelor Pad," 15 Jan. 2019 The chance to shop Jenner's closet on special occasions. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Kris Jenner Saved a Family Heirloom Just for Khloé Kardashian," 12 Jan. 2019 Then Amazon will push its own offering over yours when people are shopping. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking," 11 Dec. 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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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 \

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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