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


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


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.


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

Tan My Design is Hanoi’s oldest embroidery shop and a favorite of local designers and expats, who come here for breezy women’s clothing, housewares, and soft bed linens from Catherine Denoual. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Ed starts hanging around the shop and looking for ways to keep himself occupied. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A ‘Last Man Standing’ Sneak Peek Shows Ed Is Struggling With His Decision to Retire," 16 Nov. 2018 Between 2006 and 2014 the detainee got married and lived in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, working in various family businesses, including a women’s tailoring shop and a construction company. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "US citizen held 13 months for suspected ties to IS is freed," 30 Oct. 2018 Shortly after getting re-established in Wisconsin, Yurk began visiting antique shops and buying old fishing tackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 East Dundee officials have approved a gun shop and indoor shooting range for the Terra Business Park. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 The show at Krull will feature an array of everyday objects that reference the artist’s own life: paper dresses that serve as a nod to an uncle’s downtown L.A. dress shop and jackets that refer to her lesbian and feminist heroes. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Find a full list of shops (and Sweet City’s schedule) at Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 San Diego had less stores selling tobacco, fewer vape shops and fewer hookah lounges last year, police officials said on Wednesday. David Garrick,, "San Diego sees decrease in stores selling tobacco, hookah lounges, vape shops," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Morgan Stanley estimates that 60 percent of people who shop at Whole Foods are Prime members. USA TODAY, "Amazon will give you $10 to spend if you shop at Whole Foods before Prime Day," 10 July 2018 People who shop through the app can also fund their Venmo balances with the funding source linked to the card, using the Reload feature., "The Venmo Debit Card Introduces A New Way To Nudge Your Friends For Money," 25 June 2018 What this means for other states, and the people who shop in them though, is still unclear. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "Will a New Supreme Court’s Decision Change Online Shopping?," 21 June 2018 Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack: Women who shop here are fanatical about the vast selection of designer brands. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Where to buy jeans in Charlotte? Try these 9 shopper-recommended places," 8 June 2018 Americans for decades made a habit of shopping at large department stores, with escalators and holiday window displays. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Macy’s Radical Plan to Save Itself: Shrink," 12 Nov. 2018 Amazon likely hopes that offering free shipping with no strings attached to all will convince more people to do most of their holiday shopping online. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for all US holiday shoppers," 5 Nov. 2018 Their latest Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection, which is devoted entirely to Christmas, drops in Target stores and online Thursday, November 1—but REDcard members can shop the new lineup right now. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 See the full look below: And shop the shoes here: Harry and Meghan will start their trip to New Zealand with a traditional welcome ceremony on the lawn of government house. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in New Zealand Wearing a Plaid Trench and a Poppy Pin," 27 Oct. 2018

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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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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

: to try to get a company to publish or produce (something)

: to give information about the secret or criminal activity of (someone) to an authority (such as the police)


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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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