noun, often attributive
\ ˈshäp \

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 \ : 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

The city has outgrown its college town reputation and boasts a number of worthwhile shops, restaurants, and bars, mostly locally owned. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 While the main store is certainly the most impressive, there are additional, more specific shops peppered throughout the attraction. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 Released back in July, the first teaser shows all the wonderful things to come to Hawkins in the new Starcourt Mall, including shops, eateries, and a new movie theater. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles," 10 Dec. 2018 Officials said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters took to the streets, swarming local shops, smashing windows and even torching a McDonald’s near Austerlitz station. Fox News, "Violent Paris May Day protests leaves cars torched, McDonald's smashed; more than 100 arrested," 2 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere, as Bird expands across the country — working with Uber’s former external policy shop, Tusk Ventures — part of its calculus includes the risks of regulatory blowback. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 The shop, Trident Defense, operated by Tyson Cobb, is currently located at 555 Plate Drive and purchases and sells firearms as well as provides custom firearm-coating services. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 Henry will soon set up shop, a general store specializing in cotton goods, in Montgomery, Ala., where he is joined by his younger brothers, Emanuel (Mr. Miles) and Mayer (Mr. Godley). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 The fourth edition of the show then travels to Jordan where inspiring businesses like the Sharqi shop, set up by Syrian Saleem Najjar, lead the way to a hip hub in the country. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Kim, every KKW Beauty product and KKW Fragrance will be available to shop at the temporary location – including the new KKW x KYLIE collab. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian is Opening a KKW Beauty Store Today and the Photos Are UNREAL," 4 Dec. 2018 The multimedia project is designed to take a holistic approach to lifestyle entertainment and e-commerce, offering viewers a chance to shop products from the show as part of the brand's direct-to-consumer program. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Jenna Lyons Is Returning to the Style World With a New Reality Show," 9 Oct. 2018 Check out 20 of our favorite slip skirts available to shop right now. Ana Colón, Glamour, "20 Slip Skirts You Can Wear With Anything and Everything This Fall," 19 Sep. 2018 Set your calendar alerts for pretty much every day in early September, and get ready to shop your favorite Charlotte Tilbury products on beginning September 13. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury's Makeup Is Finally Coming to Sephora," 7 Aug. 2018 Scroll ahead to see more styles from Rendl’s latest collection and to shop the brand. Indya Brown, The Cut, "The Anti-Skimpy Swimsuit Brand to Know," 12 July 2018 Scroll down to see a few of our favorites, and shop the entire sale on Kami Phillips,, "Shopbop's Sale Is Insane in the Best Way Possible," 13 June 2018 The certificate can be used toward any tour of your choosing, from shopping to food to activity tours. Annie Daly, SELF, "7 Wellness Experiences That Are Excellent Last-Minute Gift Ideas," 21 Dec. 2018 In addition to the web platform—including iOS and Android apps—where users can shop, the company plans to add a Google Chrome extension sometime in 2019. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Need money for a down payment on a house? There’s an app for that.," 17 Dec. 2018

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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

: 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)


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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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