shop

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noun

often attributive
1
: a handicraft establishment : atelier
2
a
: a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale : store
b
or less commonly shoppe : 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
4
a
: a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts education
b
: the art or science of working with tools and machinery
5
a
: a business establishment : office
a public relations shop
b
: shoptalk
talking shop

shop

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verb

shopped; shopping

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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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Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Gruhn Guitars, a sprawling vintage music shop, opened in 1970 and has become a tourist destination in and of itself. Fox News, 23 Sep. 2022 In July, a second shop débuted on the edge of Hudson Yards; a third is planned for the Upper East Side. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2022 Aside from the permanent exhibit, the Beyond the Streets flagship will be home to a curated gift shop and another gallery called Control that was developed by Gastman in partnership with Sky Gellatly, founder of Icnclst creative agency. Michaela Zee, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 Vino Carta, a two-store wine shop and bar concept owned by husband-wife chef team Elliott and Kelly Townsend, is now offering family-style dinners on select Sundays through the fall and winter at its Solana Beach location. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Her mom worked as a bookkeeper after high school, and eventually co-owned several small businesses, including a dress shop and an escrow company. Isabel González Whitaker, ELLE, 22 Sep. 2022 Along with the restaurant, Masalawala will also have a small shop filled with spices from Diaspora Co. and Burlap & Barrel, chocolates from Elements Truffles and cookware from Our Place. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2022 Batavia resident Craig Foltos, 69, who owns a local barber shop in town, served as the master of ceremonies at the Wednesday event. David Sharos, Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Logee’s historic greenhouses and plant nursery are well-known among the plant community, offering six greenhouses and a retail shop to explore. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 21 Sep. 2022
Verb
McBride advises customers to shop around to get the best return on their savings. Rob Wile, NBC News, 24 Sep. 2022 Adam Cochrane also points out that buy-now-pay-later options might encourage pinched consumers to shop online rather than stump up the full amount in stores. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2022 All those musicians who call Nashville home need to shop for the tools of the trade. Fox News, 23 Sep. 2022 The pop-up wraps on October 3, so check out a few of our favorite pieces below—then head over to Nordstrom to shop the full collection. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2022 Join the waitlist to be among the first to shop when this becomes available on October 19. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2022 Ahead, find and shop the hottest bags for spring 2023. Meg Donohue, ELLE, 23 Sep. 2022 From a plush throw blanket to a gallery frame to hang their favorite photos to a beautiful Opalhouse essential oil diffuser, there's plenty of perfect gift ideas to shop at budget-friendly prices. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 22 Sep. 2022 Check out our complete guide to shop local and score super-fresh produce. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa booth; akin to Old High German scopf shed

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of shop was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shop. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

shop 1 of 2

noun

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

shop

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verb

shopped; shopping
: to visit stores or shops for the purpose of looking over and buying goods
shopper noun

Legal Definition

shop

noun

: a business establishment : a place of employment see also closed shop, open shop, union shop

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