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 In a Monday morning statement, Sempra announced that the company's new regional headquarters will be located at 1500 Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown Houston, an upscale area of high-rise offices, hotels, shops and restaurants near the Galleria. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Sempra Enregy chooses Houston for regional headquarters," 8 Jan. 2020 The hospitality giant initially invested millions of dollars in the many restaurants, shops and hotels under its wing. Kurtis Alexander,, "Yosemite’s grand Ahwahnee Hotel loses its luster, four-diamond award," 6 Jan. 2020 Dad can fish here while mom and kids swim or surf, or go across the street to the numerous gift shops and restaurants. Frank Sargeant, al, "Looking for outdoors winter holiday? Try the beach," 5 Jan. 2020 The historic downtown—with its Victorian buildings and cool bars, galleries, and shops—and the modern ski village are connected by a free gondola that shows off epic views on the way up and down. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 3 Jan. 2020 The company's locations each include a restaurant and bar, wine tasting room, artisan market come bottle shop and a wine club. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This popular Midwest restaurant and winery chain will open 2 Arizona locations this year," 3 Jan. 2020 Derelict shops and pump stations line its approach roads. The Economist, "Pete Buttigieg’s illuminating struggle down South," 2 Jan. 2020 The Greek family restaurants, soul food counters, Chinese carryouts, Lebanese sub shops and late-night Mexican joints. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's big restaurant stories in 2019 — and what to look forward to in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Photographs of dictators, alive and dead, hung on the walls of almost every street, shop and office across the region. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "A decade of protests has reshaped the Arab world -- and more change is on the way," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Afterward, diners can shop for memorabilia and collectibles. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Tacos and sandwiches: 32 restaurants and bars that opened in December 2019 in metro Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 Scroll down to see our top picks from this sale, and start shopping before your favorites start selling out. CNN Underscored, "The best styles to shop from Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale," 27 Dec. 2019 She and her mom were soon going to start shopping around for a salon, Garcia said. Ashley Mcbride,, "Boyfriend of San Antonio woman shot and killed recounts Christmas Day horror," 26 Dec. 2019 Many who celebrate Kwanzaa will actively shop from black businesses. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'A celebration of blackness': Everything you need to know about Kwanzaa in Louisville," 23 Dec. 2019 Below, shop 28 beachy staples that are on sale now. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Planning a Winter Getaway? Shop the Chicest Beach Staples on Sale Now," 16 Dec. 2019 Check out Amazon’s full shipping schedule below, and make sure to start start shopping soon! Christina Butan,, "Amazon Just Released Its Holiday Shipping Schedule — and This Is the Deadline for Ordering Last-Minute Gifts," 12 Dec. 2019 About 300 kids shopped through thousands of donated gifts for their family members and themselves. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "Photos: Kids visit 33rd annual Wish Store at Children’s Hospital Colorado," 6 Dec. 2019 Tisha Edwards shopped at the Michaels on Westheimer Parkway on Thanksgiving evening. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Black Thursday? Katy retailers report record Thanksgiving Day sales as Black Friday sales stagnate," 30 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce shop (audio)

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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