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

The new foundation was needed to support a second level of shops. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Hartford’s Parkville Market is on track to open in December. Here’s what you need to know about the new food hall and retail space.," 4 Sep. 2019 This is hard to find at most resale/consignment shops but that's where Etsy comes in. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Share Their Second-Hand Shopping Secrets," 4 Sep. 2019 Turns out, a Glossier rep tells Allure, that Glossier's New York City flagship shop is located right around the corner from Bark's offices. Marci Robin, Allure, "Bark Is Launching Glossier Dog Toys, and I Feel Understood on a Spiritual Level," 4 Sep. 2019 But the impact of the new policies are unclear because most firearms sales come from thousands of unaffiliated gun shops or gun shows, not big retail chains. CBS News, "Will Walmart's decision to stop selling some ammo reduce guns on the street?," 4 Sep. 2019 Pritzker noted in a letter to lawmakers last week that the state doesn’t know how many shops would be affected by the limitation, as many municipalities haven’t decided on how to regulate recreational sales. Ally Marotti,, "Naperville bans recreational weed sales, throwing into question one of the first licenses awarded by the state," 4 Sep. 2019 To determine whether shops should fire up the waffle irons or not is tricky. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How Waffle House became an unofficial authority for disaster-affected areas," 4 Sep. 2019 Cups with boba shop logos and labels heighten the visual deception. Los Angeles Times, "Is this the best cup of boba ever?," 3 Sep. 2019 Then foodie Lee Greene in Chicago, roughly 10 years ago, sought out the Beaver Dam pepper for pickling and processing as a hot sauce and jelly — products that were sold by Whole Foods and in specialty food shops. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the museum shop downstairs, visitors can shop for Marimekko tea towels, candles, and hygge guides. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Beer Halls to Bakeries, Where to Find Seattle’s Scandinavian Influences," 4 Sep. 2019 The Dolphins had been shopping Alonso for the past two weeks as part of their decision to start building for the future with young players and stockpiling draft picks. oregonlive, "Miami Dolphins trade former Oregon Duck Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints: Report," 1 Sep. 2019 While Meghan's Maggie Marilyn white dress has since sold out, the same style can still be shopped in blue. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Channels Meghan Markle in a White Reformation Tuxedo Dress," 30 Aug. 2019 If a student’s assigned materials aren’t automatically charged to his or her tuition, the student could shop around both online and in-store to find the best rate. Amie Freeman, The Conversation, "Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered," 23 Aug. 2019 Movies from Lost Horizon to The Hireling had bombed at the box office; top agents and filmmakers were shopping their best material anywhere but there. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Les Moonves, Kevin Tsujihara and the Art of Hollywood Self-Sabotage," 23 Aug. 2019 Arizona police on Tuesday arrested a mother who had left her baby in a hot car while shopping in a Target with her three other children, according to reports. Fox News, "Arizona baby rescued from hot car as mom shopped at Target: reports," 15 Aug. 2019 Jordan and Andre Anchondo were shopping with their 2-month-old son when the gunfire started. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vigil for victims of El Paso shooting honors lives lost, denounces hate," 11 Aug. 2019 And a neighborhood boy who played with Calvin Harris knocked on the door and asked if Calvin was home, but German told the boy that Calvin was shopping with his grandmother. Gretchen Ehlke And Jeff Baenen,, "Sheriff: Wisconsin gunman who killed 4, including stranger he’d been sending harassing texts to, may have tried to imitate Jayme Closs kidnapping," 30 July 2019

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.

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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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