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

Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer, and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. Washington Post, "9 deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags," 10 July 2019 The French series, which debuted recently, is a wacky comedy about a Parisian Jewish family, the Hazans, that turns its failed kosher meat shop into a marijuana factory. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Netflix show ‘Family Business’ is a French-Jewish version of ‘Breaking Bad’," 10 July 2019 The shop dog, Paris, a silver toy poodle, prances around like a wind-up Steiff toy. Catherine Blinder,, "Neighborhood barbershops: A place to belong, to talk truths, to become men," 10 July 2019 Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer, and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby., "9 deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags," 10 July 2019 The La Grange Village Board voted unanimously Monday to begin a review of the zoning code relating to the possibility of marijuana shops opening following a new state law legalizing recreational marijuana. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange to review local codes in light of state legalizing recreational marijuana," 9 July 2019 The new umbrella group will be led by Gale CEO Brad Simms and Michael Bassik, the chief executive at Yes and Company, an MDC agency network that houses branding shop Redscout and research firm Northstar. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "MDC Reorganizes Media Agencies and Leaders," 9 July 2019 For Aster’s first film, Hereditary, A24 opened up an Etsy shop filled with figures in the likeness of those chilling dolls crafted by Charlie (Milly Shapiro). Nick Romano,, "A24 turns the Midsommar bear in a cage into the next hot toy craze," 9 July 2019 The Forky dolls can be returned at any Disney retail store or Disney theme park shop. Brady Macdonald, The Mercury News, "Disney recalls ‘Toy Story 4’ Forky plush dolls sold at Disneyland resort," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The assistant chief was in full uniform while shopping about 6:50 p.m. for personal items at the business in the 1000 block of Federal Road, to prepare for possible weekend storms, police said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Off-duty assistant police chief injured by suspected shoplifters in Houston," 11 July 2019 Last fall, a flock of origami crane puppets led crowds to five-minute shows scattered about the Tai Kwun arts and shopping complex, where a prison and police station once stood. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Amid upheavals, there’s good news in Hong Kong: Its ballet thrives," 10 July 2019 Pick up whimsical mugs, one-of-a-kind t-shirts and more at a variety of on-site stores — or shop online. Michelle Tauber,, "How to Do Wimbledon Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle: The Ultimate Insiders’ Guide," 9 July 2019 She will be remembered for her beauty, humor, shopping prowess and thoughtfulness., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2019 Enlightenment doesn’t come cheap, as anyone who has shopped on Goop’s website knows. Laura M. Holson, Town & Country, "Marianne Williamson's Disciples Are Everywhere," 2 July 2019 Co-owner Mona Gregory notes that the layers slow down when the temperatures spike over 95 F. Farmers markets all over North Texas will feel that slowdown, so shop early for eggs. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Shoppers love the small-town feel of this Frisco farmers market," 2 July 2019 In some ways, the Sixers backed themselves into a corner by going shopping in February. Jeremy Woo,, "Sixers Pay Extremely High Price to Retain Tobias Harris," 30 June 2019 The day includes musical entertainment, bouncy houses for the kids, as well as a commercial Merchants Market and Artisan Market for shopping both vendor products and handmade Racine: Tour to the Top. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pinwheels, fireworks, stadium concerts, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 30 June 2019

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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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