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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That afternoon, half a dozen policemen in helmets and riot gear converged on the 23-year-old Faizan, a meat-shop worker. Washington Post, "An Indian man died after being beaten by police on video. One year later, no one has been held accountable.," 8 Apr. 2021 Shopping on the ‘net has always offered infinite variety and the ability for Johnny Thinwallet to comparison-shop. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Bengals coach Zac Taylor's talk looking more like all hat, no cattle," 6 Apr. 2021 Windy City also operates a shop in Litchfield and planned to open three new dispensaries this year in Highwood, Carpentersville and Macomb. Bob Bong,, "Comings & Goings: Windy City sells cannabis dispensaries in Homewood, Posen," 6 Apr. 2021 The women work at a shop in the market and were taken to the Shwe Pyi Thar Interrogation Center, sources close to the women said. Clarissa Ward, Brent Swails And Scott Mcwhinnie, CNN, "Myanmar's junta releases 8 of 11 people arrested after communicating with CNN," 5 Apr. 2021 The cars were hand sprayed at a small paint shop in Germany and owners had to wait an additional two to four months for delivery. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Silver or White? No way. More drivers are demanding customization," 3 Apr. 2021 The brook trout are native,’' wrote Brett Damm, a Maine guide and fly-fishing expert who runs a sports shop in Rangeley., "Home of the Week: The trout don’t want you to buy this Maine lodge," 2 Apr. 2021 Also among these must-shop deals is the fourth generation Echo Dot, which is 30% off its original price of $49.99 at $34.99. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 1 Apr. 2021 Slowly but surely, Google is turning YouTube TV into a one-stop-shop for streaming content. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "YouTube TV will now let you watch movies you bought on YouTube," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One poll found that 69% of American adults shop online, and that’s only bound to increase. Gil Becker, Forbes, "The Majority Of Online Videos Are Missing This One Critical Thing," 9 Apr. 2021 Armed with vaccines and pockets full of savings, Americans will soon be in the mood to shop for some new clothes. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Clothes Shoppers Are About to Realize Just How Messed Up Shipping Has Become," 9 Apr. 2021 So far, the small trials of the currency in places like Shenzhen have consisted of government handouts that incentivize people to use it to shop at McDonald’s and Starbucks. Fortune, "Grab, Gojek and Sea: The 3-way battle for Southeast Asia’s $2.8 trillion market," 8 Apr. 2021 To see all of the amazing deals currently available, head to Le Creuset's site to shop the entire Factory-to-Table sale online. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "Le Creuset’s Legendary Factory-to-Table Sale Is Back, and Prices Start at $8," 6 Apr. 2021 Purchase the palette for $29 when it's released on April 13 here, and shop all of Rare Beauty at Sephora here. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Is a Warm Desert Dream While Introducing New Eyeshadow Palette," 6 Apr. 2021 The fact that Johnson and Bergman were able to get an original movie financed by MRC and also retained the rights to shop sequels around the industry speaks to the potential power of creators when intellectual property is in high demand. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood is obsessed with ‘cult-like’ business leaders. WeWork is no exception," 6 Apr. 2021 Cuyana’s washable silk pieces are now available on the brand’s site, so shop now to add these polished pieces to your spring wardrobe rotation. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Drape yourself in Cuyana’s luxe new washable silk line for under $200," 6 Apr. 2021 Take a closer look at each celebrity’s take on spring dressing below, and shop their photo-worthy outfits now to wear all season long. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner, Gabrielle Union, and More Got Festive For Easter in These Dainty Dresses," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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
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)


\ 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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