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 And they are also expected to hear about the murder weapon’s improbable journey — a 1,300-mile trek from a New Mexico pawn shop to the South Side shooting scene to the street just blocks away where police recovered it. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Trial to begin in Tyshawn Lee slaying, WGN no longer Chicago’s very own and other things to know about to start your day," 17 Sep. 2019 See a live mural created before your eyes, sample good eats from the likes of Little Sesame and Tiger Fork, and browse sundries for sale from shops including GoodWood and She Loves Me. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 13 Sep. 2019 Upon entering town, the unmistakable sound of the anvil’s ring will be coming from the blacksmith’s shop., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The booth is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sells vegan and traditional pastries from Carlsbad’s wholesale pastry shop Split Bakehouse. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A tasting tour under Carlsbad’s windmill," 12 Sep. 2019 Oregon health investigators believe the person in the state’s fatal case purchased cannabis oil from two marijuana retail shops. oregonlive, "Second vaping-related illness reported in Oregon," 10 Sep. 2019 Save up to 70 percent on designer clothing, accessories and other fun items from more than 15 retail shops. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "An Italian fest in Lakewood, dogs take over Water World and more cheap things to do in Denver this month," 4 Sep. 2019 Black strongly encourages people to buy bicycles from bicycle shops rather than from toy stores or department stores. Mary Grace Keller,, "Cyclists, motorists encouraged to ‘share the road’ after series of recent serious collisions," 26 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors charged him with crimes including falsifying information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions. Marcus Lim,, "Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges, says he needed guns for ‘protection’," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s hard to see what can fill the holes that are being left in shopping districts by the departure of the likes of William Hill. Washington Post, "William Hill Leaves Britain’s High Streets Empty: Andrea Felsted," 18 Sep. 2019 Double Dutch International began shopping Girl to international buyers in Berlin and will continue sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Mickey Rourke Joins Bella Thorne in 'Girl' Revenge Thriller (Exclusive)," 6 Sep. 2019 Tricks like this one are widespread on shopping sites around the internet. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty site uses a shady trick to sign up more members," 29 Aug. 2019 Next to Howalistic in the pint-sized area that housed the San Diego-centric food products shop retail Pacific Provisions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New eateries, high-profile delay among changes at Liberty Public Market," 27 Aug. 2019 Below, De Sole shares her favorite must-stop shopping spots in Rome—from local jewelers, to artisanal hat ateliers, to secret homeware stores. Vogue, "Vogue Editor Rickie De Sole’s Ultimate Shopping Guide to Rome," 13 Aug. 2019 Last month, warehouse workers in Minnesota went on strike on Prime Day, Amazon’s busiest shopping day of the year, in protest of a number of issues, including difficult productivity quotas and on-the-job injuries. Rani Molla, Vox, "Why Amazon pays warehouse employees to tweet about their jobs," 8 Aug. 2019 Shoppers clamored for more security inside stores amid back-to-school season, the second busiest shopping period of the year. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "‘We’re scared, but we still need to buy things’ Houston shoppers react to El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 More than 130 million users every month tap Instagram posts to see shopping product tags. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Instagram is changing the way people buy things," 3 Aug. 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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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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