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 As the pandemic wanes, vaccinations increase and some restrictions are lifted, consumers are rushing out to eat, drink, shop - and, yes, vacation. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "CVG adds new carriers, routes to accomodate surge in travel as pandemic wanes," 14 May 2021 Several food carts are set up in the parking lot, including a pizza shop, a coffee stand and a Mexican food cart. oregonlive, "Victim in NE Portland shooting identified as stepson of anti-gun violence advocate," 13 May 2021 The shop, which is owned by Rachel Bell and Kate Smith, the Offical Milliners of The Kentucky Derby Festival, is literally filled to the brim with colorful and elegant options. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Now is the best time to buy a Kentucky Derby hat. Here's where to find sales," 12 May 2021 Items to be sold include goods from the barns, gift shop, and greenhouse. Melanie Savage,, "Coventry Historical Society plans second Caprilands Tag Sale," 10 May 2021 The cluster of businesses there includes a Family Dollar store, a mobile phone shop, a furniture and appliance rental center, two loan stores and a Bank of America cash machine. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'From laughing and music to yelling and crying' - 6-year-old slain during West Side car meet," 10 May 2021 By the 20th century, the Exchange was famous for the restaurant behind the shop, where uniformed waitresses served plates of chicken salad with tomato aspic and an array of pies. Christina Tkacik,, "Mother and daughter team up to run hot dog business out of Baltimore’s old Woman’s Industrial Exchange," 7 May 2021 As vaccinations have been more widely administered, restrictions on businesses have gradually lifted and consumers have become more willing to travel, shop and dine out, stronger spending has boosted hiring, slowed layoffs and accelerated growth. Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "US unemployment claims fall to a pandemic low below 500,000," 6 May 2021 The shop, not a chain but an individual bodega, had been there as long as the clean- ers. Ew Staff,, "Read chapters 4 and 5 of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Businesses will likely need to confirm customers’ vaccination status to ensure 14 days have passed since a final shot if customers want to shop without wearing a mask. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 10 deaths, 713 cases; new details for vaccination checks at businesses," 15 May 2021 The memo added that starting Friday, customers who have been vaccinated will also be allowed to shop maskless, but the memo provided no details as to how vaccination status will be confirmed. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Do you need to wear a mask this weekend?," 14 May 2021 However, when the pandemic caused many retailers to close or become limited, and many shoppers were unwilling to shop in physical stores and locations, businesses had to quickly pivot to D2C in order to survive. Forbes, "The Direct To Consumer Revolution Is Here," 10 May 2021 Just make sure to shop quickly: The majority of these savings event expire on Mother's Day! Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "All the best sales to shop for Mother's Day 2021 weekend," 8 May 2021 In 2019, data collected from Forbes revealed that 62% of Gen Z preferred to shop from green brands. Leah Dolan, CNN, "Crochet culture is the internet trend that's both soothing and sustainable," 29 Apr. 2021 For example, sales tax revenues declined by only 0.5%, largely because consumers continued to shop but did so online as opposed to at brick-and-mortar stores. Raymond Scheppach, The Conversation, "Why states didn’t go broke from the pandemic," 28 Apr. 2021 Continue ahead to shop pieces from the model's all-pink Barbie-chic look. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Goes Full Bottega Barbie in All Pink," 27 Apr. 2021 Even though thrifting has become a fad for many who can afford to shop elsewhere, Islam still associated pre-worn clothes with being un-American. Sydney Clarke,, "The Future Of Sustainable Fashion Should Look A Little Like My Family’s Basement," 22 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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16 May 2021

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“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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