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 shop (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

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 Police said a sergeant's car window was broken, along with the windows of a print shop. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 Neighboring structures include a seafood restaurant and smoke shop. Caroline Silva, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 Pick one up at Dexter’s Deli, a local pet shop with storefronts in Del Mar and North Park. Sara Butler Staff Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Attached to the tavern would be Curated Curiosities, a wizards retail shop, featuring handmade items from Etsy artisans and creations from The Griffin & Gargoyle. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 There were also reports of vehicle car windows being smashed as well as the windows of a city print shop, police said, adding that one arrest was made for a warrant while five citations and 17 warnings were issued. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 There were also reports of vehicle car windows being smashed as well as the windows of a city print shop, police said, adding that one arrest was made for a warrant while five citations and 17 warnings were issued. Andrew Jeong, Stephanie Lai And Adela Suliman, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 In 1965, Buck gave his family friend, Fred DeLuca, the idea to open a submarine sandwich shop to help the then-college freshman make money for college. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Yellow Door Ceramics Studio, a one-stop shop for pottery classes and clay-making needs for the city’s ceramic lovers. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kids can shop at a Merry Market where more than 100 gift items are priced under $5. Myrna Petlicki,, 16 Nov. 2021 Pet owners can shop Harry Potter's first-ever pet product collection now at PetSmart and can expect more products to roll out in the months ahead. Kelli Bender,, 15 Nov. 2021 But supply chain pressures also have helped to stoke inflation and might convince more consumers to plan their purchases carefully and shop with patience. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 6 Nov. 2021 Sign up for Vogue’s shopping newsletter, The Get, to receive the insider’s guide to what to shop and how to wear it. Emma Specter, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2021 Where to shop in metro Phoenix Park West Market: 9744 W. Northern Avenue, Peoria. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 People readers can exclusively shop the sale one day early. Jennifer Chan,, 10 Nov. 2021 Plus, customers can shop up to 30 percent off on Sephora Collection essentials, like brush sets and lipsticks. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Nov. 2021 Living in a pandemic has driven us all to find flexible ways to shop, work and entertain ourselves, as well as taking a deep new look at what is most important to each of us as individuals. Peter Feld, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: to try to get a company to publish or produce (something)
: 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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