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

bazaar, emporium, store

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Examples of shop in a Sentence


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.


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

Maria works at a local bridal shop and is best friends with Anita and the Sharks. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019 Now plans for the building include a boutique hotel, retail shops, and a home for the local theater troupe. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Ferrer traveled all over Europe, connecting with high-end furniture dealers, shops, and galleries, to curate the assortment of rare vintage items that are typically challenging for everyday shoppers to access. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "CB2 Launches Vintage Collection with ELLE Decor A-Lister Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Instead, the brand new shop is an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary goods that are infused with color and personality. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Take a ‘Grand Tour’ of Caroline Rafferty’s New Palm Beach Store," 5 Feb. 2019 Gunn-Wright, who served as policy director on the insurgent gubernatorial campaign of Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan, works for a relatively new policy shop called New Consensus, which spun off as the policy arm of Justice Democrats. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Maezawa, a 42-year-old from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online retail shop. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 Rachael Ray announced the debut of Moxie Made, her new online shop at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival in Austin, Texas. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachael Ray Launches Fashion E-Commerce Site Featuring Female-Founded Brands," 22 Mar. 2019 So don't worry, your one-stop shop for all things $1 will still be around. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Over 300 Family Dollar Locations Are Closing, But Don't Panic Just Yet," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of my earliest beauty memories is her taking me shopping to buy my first non-baby lotion product. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 Over the years, Net-a-Porter has become our go-to retailer for shopping our favorite luxury heritage brands like Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, as well as the hottest contemporary brands such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne and Zimmermann. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Net-a-Porter Taps 7 Hot Direct-to-Consumer Brands For Summer," 1 May 2019 In the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning was up on Guadeloupe and Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl speeding rapidly toward eastern Caribbean," 8 July 2018 There are so many reasons to shop at thrift stores. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How to Find the Best Stuff at Thrift Stores," 21 Feb. 2019 Check out a few top picks from the collection below, or shop the full Point Dume line online at Progress Lighting. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Jeffrey Alan Marks's New Collection for Progress Lighting Is a California Dream," 20 Feb. 2019 People who care about working conditions still shop at Zara, even after notes from Turkish workers appeared sewn into clothes explaining that they hadn’t been paid. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The controversial conservative chain is poised to become the third-largest fast-food brand in the US this year.," 20 Dec. 2018 And all those people shopping at the town's Christmas village? Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe' Actress Lacey Chabert Shares 5 Hallmark Christmas Movie Secrets," 23 Nov. 2018 More than six in 10 parents have worked longer hours in order to save money, while 55 percent have shopped at discount stores and cut back on time spent with friends. Marie Haaland, Fox News, "The average American's 'dream vacation' takes just under a year to save for, study finds," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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