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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for shop

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One day, McGee hopes to open his own shop in Flint, but right now, his main goal is to help Harmon get started. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Romulus couple with 6 daughters opens 'dream' 3 in 1 business," 11 Jan. 2021 Your one-stop shop for this week’s high school football games includes previews, predictions and more from The Dallas Morning News. Dallas News, "Texas high school football central: Game previews, predictions and storylines to know for Dallas-area state semifinals," 6 Jan. 2021 At the center of the story is Lydia, a middle-class bookstore owner from Acapulco; life is good until her husband, an investigative journalist, writes a profile of a cartel boss who happens to be a charismatic regular at her shop. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 Here is a look at shotgun models that aren’t new, but can still be found and purchased at your local gun shop or online. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "Are Today’s New Hunting Shotguns Really Worth the Price? Here Are 4 Used (and Cheaper) Models to Consider," 4 Jan. 2021 Motes said his shop has been getting busier in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Florida gun sales surge amid 2020 pandemic, protests, election," 1 Jan. 2021 Following up the success of its first Coventry shop, Cilantro Taqueria opened two new locations this year in Shaker Heights (January) and in Lakewood (slated for December). Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "67 Greater Cleveland restaurants that opened in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 But another event the Woofstock Survivor 5K and Dog Walk, raised only half as much as last year — $77,000 —and the shelter has had to close its resale shop. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "'Flying out the door': With adoptions up and donations down, animal shelters look to 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Rose, who relocated his shop to 2nd Avenue in August, said the group of local business owners are like family. NBC News, "Nashville blast brings damage and uncertainty to already struggling local businesses," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Memberships, which run for one year, also include a 10 percent discount on purchases and other opportunities to shop privately. Deborah Martin,, "‘So many fun things’: New Spare Parts art supply store in San Antonio turns castoffs into creative finds," 12 Jan. 2021 Luckily for non-New Yorkers, SoHo's ultra-cool vintage boutique is also available to shop online. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 For DoorDash deliveries, Albertsons store employees will continue to shop and pack orders, DoorDash said. Carolyn Said,, "Safeway parent outsources some grocery deliveries to gig companies," 5 Jan. 2021 The top-line figure tells only part of the story of a topsy-turvy year in the car business, though, one that included industrywide factory shutdowns last spring, soaring prices for new and used vehicles and shifts in the way Americans shop for cars. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Auto Sales in 2020 Expected to Hit Lowest Point in Nearly a Decade," 5 Jan. 2021 Now for the fun part: Read on to find and shop the best indoor plants for 2021. Brionna Jimerson, Glamour, "The Best Indoor Plants to Liven Up Your Space in 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 In the cutthroat world of online shopping, that personal touch and a bit of kitsch is how Chewy is looking to stand out among the competition, which has only gotten stiffer as more people shop online and add pandemic pets to their families. Joseph Pisani, ajc, "Chewy sends pet paintings to keep customers from straying," 1 Jan. 2021 The Senior Center has instituted a shopping program where a volunteer will shop for you., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 Having witnessed the waste that fashion overproduction creates, many have vowed to shop less fast fashion and invest in quality, special items that will last for years rather than a single season. Irina Grechko,, "How The Nap Dress, Masks & Tie-Dye Helped These Fashion Brands Thrive In The Pandemic," 30 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shop

Time Traveler for shop

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for shop

Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shop


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on shop

What made you want to look up shop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!