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


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 Yet far from being daunted by the parlous statistics, Ms. Bode decided the time was just right to set up shop. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: parlous," 2 Apr. 2020 Donuts Delite, a pastry shop in Rochester, N.Y., has landed on a way to thank him: by making a doughnut with Fauci’s face on it. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 2 Apr. 2020 Savage, an artist who used to own a gallery and frame shop in Georgetown, suffered a spinal cord injury after a freak fall in her house six years ago. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The Doctors Still Treating Everything Else," 31 Mar. 2020 That’s after the U.S. companies that lobbied hardest for the tariffs—one firm technically German and the other technically Chinese—had both already closed up shop in the time since the tariff went into effect. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Some Countries Are Panic Buying Solar Panels. Is the U.S. Next?," 30 Mar. 2020 Outside of New York, a sew shop in Los Angeles has raised almost $50,000 for supplies to produce masks. Max Kutner, Smithsonian Magazine, "As Face Mask Supply Dwindles, Fashion Designers Offer Their Assistance," 27 Mar. 2020 He and his wife and business partner, Monique, opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in January of 2019, in the tiny former Foosackly’s location at Dauphin Street and I-65. Michelle Matthews |, al, "These two Alabama businesses show grace in strange times," 26 Mar. 2020 Dobris said The Apothecarium's three shops in San Francisco are planning to reopen on Thursday, adding that staff members have been scrambling to make adjustments to operate during the crisis. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "'It's about being well': Cannabis shops thrive as 'essential businesses' in coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 Kathy Nakagawa, a Japanese-American professor, remembers how kids — the police think — set her parents' florist shop ablaze, and how the neighbors helped them rebuild. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Uplifting Stories: A playlist of stories from Storytellers Project, Week 1," 18 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Loyal customers have shown their support by buying gift cards, shopping online, or ordering takeout to give local spots an extra boost, however some have taken their contributions to the next level by implementing their own creativity and skills. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, "Creative Ways People Are Supporting Small Businesses Amid Coronavirus — and How You Can Help," 3 Apr. 2020 But such measures might be a tougher sell for Americans and could lead them to shop more online, a punishing development for any retailer with less than state-of-the-art e-commerce. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Coronavirus will pummel already weak retailers long after it’s been contained," 3 Apr. 2020 To help the vulnerable, people are shopping for others and making deliveries. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Photos: The Volunteers," 2 Apr. 2020 That has basically shut down a border that is usually bustling with thousands of people who cross it daily to shop, work or do business. Stephanie Bennett, Fox News, "Arizona border town feels strain of coronavirus closures: 'It has been really tough'," 1 Apr. 2020 The deals are in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and to help alleviate in-person shopping concerns, customers can shop online via the brands' websites. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "FCA Rolls Out Zero Percent Financing, No Payments for 90 Days," 1 Apr. 2020 Tilda, a wine bar and shop in Echo Park, features a contactless buying experience behind glass. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Holding out a distant hope," 31 Mar. 2020 Large Chinese families shopped for groceries and filled the restaurants for lunch. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, "The Wanderer’s Port," 30 Mar. 2020 For example, residents can shop for groceries, keep doctors’ appointments, order carryout food from restaurants and walk in the park. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "How Strongsville, Broadview Heights, Brecksville police will enforce Ohio’s stay-at-home order during COVID-19 crisis," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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5 Apr 2020

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“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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