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

Halloween is still a few months away, but one North Carolina thrift store has temporarily turned into a little shop of horrors. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 Across the hall is their men’s and shoe selections, and in the adjacent shop brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Simon Miller, as well as a collection of ceramics and other cool Brooklyn townhouse-appropriate objets. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 Not everyone is buying in to the one-stop shop strategy. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Amazon, Microsoft Tighten Grip on Enterprise Tech," 18 Mar. 2019 Remove the shop vacuum’s paper air filter to do this. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 The compact city is entirely navigable by foot, full of charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and shops selling the wares of local craftspeople. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 With social media, influencers, and the quickly changing landscape of the Internet, the way we shop is constantly evolving. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Female-Founded Tech Brand Is Changing the Way We Shop," 28 Feb. 2019 Hit up Bey Karaköy for Everlane-style minimalist menswear and cool-girl concept shop Mae Zae for handmade ceramics and funky wood and leather jewelry. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 There were mini-terminals dotted around French city streets where people could pay by the minute to log in to chat, send messages, read the news, or shop. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For its foray into the states, the Brazilian brand will be available to shop online at Shopbop, Anthropologie, and Farm Rio's site. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 This year, the brand is going one step further with the launch of a Bold Is Beautiful magenta-tinted 3D BROWtones in rose gold packaging, which will be available to shop year-round. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "M.A.C. and Benefit Cosmetics Are Teaming Up to Support Planned Parenthood," 12 Mar. 2019 Meghan's clutch and shoes are available to shop here: In her relatively short time as an official member of the royal family, Meghan has made a point to support feminist causes. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Black-and-White Dress for an International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019 By all accounts, the Spurs have not been aggressively shopping Leonard to anyone. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As ‘pressure’ builds in LA, Spurs see reason to be patient," 27 June 2018 Where to shop One of my favorite Chicago designers is Gnat. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Drag queen Lucy Stoole's guide to Pride 2018," 21 June 2018 And finally, Beauty Insiders, or people who have just registered for rewards at Sephora, can shop for 15 percent off between November 16 and November 19 with the code BIBONUS. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, "Sephora Just Announced Its First Black Friday Deal and It’s Even Better Than We Imagined," 2 Nov. 2018 Jessica Goldstein lives two miles from the U.S.-Canadian border in British Columbia and often traveled to Washington State to shop, visit friends or spend time at her family’s vacation cabin. Lornet Turnbull, Washington Post, "When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and U.S. law, stands in the way.," 11 July 2018 Jessica Goldstein lives two miles from the U.S.-Canadian border in British Columbia and often traveled to Washington state to shop, visit friends or spend time at her family's vacation cabin. Author: Lornet Turnbull, Katie Zezima, Anchorage Daily News, "When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and US law, stands in the way.," 11 July 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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