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 Steve Cohen of New York City audio shop In Living Stereo adds that the 1200’s torque got it back up to speed faster than others. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "This Technics Turntable Powered Hip-Hop’s Early Sound," 9 Nov. 2019 The owner of the building was able to positively identify the items sold to the pawn shops as items stolen from the business. Akira Kyles,, "Westminster man faces burglary charges," 8 Nov. 2019 Elias Wondimu, a publisher who has opened a shop in Unity Park, remembers buying coffee beans wrapped in pages torn from history books. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 7 Nov. 2019 But at Akodara’s small shops, residents can buy basic goods like snacks and toiletries with mobile money. Nupur Anand, Quartz, "A look into India’s first digital village," 5 Nov. 2019 In fact, one of the most popular cheese shops in the state, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is located in downtown Milwaukee, just a mile and a half drive from Meagan's apartment building and two miles from Zocco's own residence. Josh Gelman, CBS News, "Man's trip to a cheese shop helps unravel Wisconsin missing persons case," 1 Nov. 2019 Schilling's arrest citation says she then pawned the property over the next two days at two different pawn shops. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Brown Hotel housekeeper stole more than $18,000 worth of property from guest, police say," 28 Oct. 2019 Wegmans started life in 1916, as a produce shop in Rochester, New York. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Sun Rises on Wegmans in Brooklyn," 28 Oct. 2019 The total ended up pushing, as did the line at most shops. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Texas Tech at Kansas odds, picks and best bets," 26 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In many states, including Michigan and California, there are so many authorizers that even the worst charters can stay in business after their charter is revoked simply by shopping for a new authorizer. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 The Harkens shopped their plastic ball bearing blocks, made by hand at the time, to distributors without much success. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He was a giant in the world of sailing': Olaf Harken, co-owner of Pewaukee-based Harken Inc., dies at 80," 22 Oct. 2019 Sales in the Chinese territory have slumped by 50% in recent months, analysts reckon, largely as visitors from mainland China have stopped shopping there. The Economist, "LVMH, Kering and other French luxury groups are thriving," 17 Oct. 2019 The truck was in the shop for a long time at the peak of the season, leaving him no way to deliver flowers to customers or shop them to local businesses. John Carlisle,, "Detroit flower man grows hope, brings beauty to community," 12 Sep. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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