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 The same day, the American Harp Society set up shop on the Tech campus for its annual four-day national conference. Don Williams, USA TODAY, "When football helped the healing: How Lubbock rallied around a college all-star game," 12 July 2020 The biggest names in hospitality have all set up shop here, bringing their own style of luxury to the birthplace of the Renaissance. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Hotels in Greater Florence," 8 July 2020 Positive cases of coronavirus continue to spike in central Florida, where the NBA is planning to set up shop until mid-October. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs back to work as NBA eyes restart," 2 July 2020 As winter cools Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay waters, massive schools of ballyhoo set up shop over nearshore Atlantic reefs. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "Legendary Advice on Fishing the Florida Keys," 2 July 2020 Vendors set up shop with plenty of prepared foods for people looking for a little Saturday morning snack, including spicy Indian-style dal, breadfruit sourdough loaves, and vegan banana lassi made from macadamia nut yogurt. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 The brother and sister recently set up shop with a roadside lemonade stand in St. Peter's to benefit Bufford, and business boomed during the six-hour venture, according to KMOV. Fox News, "Boy, 5, raises over $3G for injured firefighter with lemonade stand," 29 June 2020 An electric vehicle maker, Lordstown Motors, has since set up shop at the old Lordstown plant. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "UAW activists say they should be allowed to sit in on Gamble's meeting with U.S. attorney," 23 June 2020 There’s no tasting room at the winery, so Clendenen set up shop in the El Paseo complex in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, alongside the steady pedestrian and vehicle traffic of Anacapa Street. Matt Kettmann,, "Au Bon Climat has Santa Barbara’s most important winemaker," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Piggly Wiggly – if an outbreak occurred, forcing residents to drive a greater distance to shop for groceries. al, "‘We saw how things were going’: How one small Alabama city became a leader in mandating masks," 12 July 2020 While there are tons of super popular leggings to shop on Amazon, two top-sellers from Colorfulkoala and Dragon Fit made the most-loved list. Christina Butan,, "It’s Official: This Is the Most-Loved Activewear on Amazon," 11 July 2020 From a waffle maker that will totally transform your morning brunch game to an AC window unit that will cool you off in a jiff, these are the five best Amazon deals to shop this Friday. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 10 July 2020 Dave Lieber’s story on how to shop for electricity. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "What does a whistleblower who handled insurance claims for USAA admit under oath?," 10 July 2020 The Arizona State Retirement System predicts the value of distribution centers for e-commerce will rise as more people shop online. ... Heather Gillers And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "For Pensions, Valuing Real Estate Is Tough. Covid-19 Brings New Hurdles," 10 July 2020 Over the past three months, online shopping increased as people preferred to shop at home. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic accelerates the death of malls," 9 July 2020 Walk the walk and shop the shops outside at the annual Chagrin Falls Sidewalk Sale Thursday, July 23-25 in the commercial district. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Some summer events are too good to cancel: Valley Views," 6 July 2020 That’s because of a simple reality: even in normal times, open houses aren’t always an efficient way to shop for a home. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How realtors are giving virtual home tours in the absence of open houses during the pandemic," 5 July 2020

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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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26 Jul 2020

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“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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