shop

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

shop

verb
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

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

Here in Southern California, the magical supply shop House of Intuition opened in Echo Park in 2010. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self," 11 June 2019 And there’s a large detached garage with laundry, shop space and even more storage. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shingled Craftsman in Alameda’s East End," 11 June 2019 Jay Draper and Mark Thompson, owners of garden and gift shop Shoppe, plan to turn the space into a café. Birmingham Magazine, al.com, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 In its former life the cabinet served as a shop case for an apothecary in 1890s Florence. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 The first day of the workweek in Sudan saw shops closed and streets empty as part of a general strike called by protest leaders who are demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. Fox News, "Sudan's military blames protest leaders for escalation," 10 June 2019 The waterway’s five-and-a-half-mile course weaves between scrapyards and boat repair shops before slipping downtown and out into Biscayne Bay. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Many communities Up North banning pot shops for now Most of the bigger cities in the Upper Peninsula — Marquette, Sault Ste. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "In the Upper Peninsula, weed is a lonely pursuit for its one and only dispensary," 10 June 2019 The tidal surge during the storm at the marina allegedly damaged floating boat docks, a boat ramp, a metal shop building and a bath house, Sundholm claimed at the time. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Old Saybrook man lied about Hurricane Sandy damage to obtain $1.6 million in disaster loans, prosecutors say," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Amazon isn’t exactly the most stylish place to shop for clothes. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon's Quest to Be Fashionable Continues," 8 June 2019 Part of the BIDs’ mission is to promote the district as an attractive place to shop and eat. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "How East Bay taxpayer money promotes restaurants owned by accused sexual harassers," 7 June 2019 The prime real estate in question serves as a buffer zone of sorts between the Preston Center shopping complex to the south and Preston Hollow single-family homes. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Dallas plan commission supports controversial North Dallas rezoning plan," 6 June 2019 And with designers embracing and expanding their collections to suit more brides, there's never been a better time to shop for a wide range of styles (and sizes) in bridal. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 If your home is in need of a spring refresh, now's definitely the time to shop. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Wayfair's Way Day Sale Is Finally Here, With the Lowest Prices Since Black Friday," 10 Apr. 2019 Although Target will keep its doors closed, there are a handful of other places to shop on Easter Sunday, including another superstore that has it all, aka Walmart. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Target Open on Easter? Here Are the Retailer's Holiday Hours," 18 Mar. 2019 My favorite place to shop for food is: the Dupont Circle Farmers Market [in D.C.]. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "How To Be a Happy and Relaxed Host," 10 Jan. 2019 That’s a time to shop for new plans or switch coverage. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Medicare upgrades its website ahead of sign-up season," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of shop

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for shop

Noun

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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shop

noun

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.

shop

verb

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)

shop

noun
\ 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

shop

verb
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

shop

noun

Legal Definition of shop

: a business establishment : a place of employment — see also closed shop, open shop, union shop

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