\ ˈstȯr How to pronounce store (audio) \
stored; storing

Definition of store

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : lay away, accumulate store vegetables for winter use an organism that absorbs and stores DDT
2 : furnish, supply especially : to stock against a future time store a ship with provisions
3 : to place or leave in a location (such as a warehouse, library, or computer memory) for preservation or later use or disposal
4 : to provide storage room for : hold elevators for storing surplus wheat



Definition of store (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something that is stored or kept for future use
b stores plural : articles (as of food) accumulated for some specific object and drawn upon as needed : stock, supplies
c : something that is accumulated
d : a source from which things may be drawn as needed : a reserve fund
2 : storage usually used with in when placing eggs in storeDublin Sunday Independent
3 : value, importance set great store by a partner's opinion
4 : a large quantity, supply, or number : abundance
b chiefly British : memory sense 4
6 : a business establishment where usually diversified goods are kept for retail sale a grocery store — compare shop
in store
: in readiness : in preparation there's a surprise in store for you



Definition of store (Entry 3 of 3)

1 or stores : of, relating to, kept in, or used for a store
2 : purchased from a store as opposed to being natural or homemade : manufactured, ready-made store clothes store bread

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storable \ ˈstȯr-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce storable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for store

Synonyms: Verb

keep, put up, reposit, stow

Synonyms: Noun

cache, deposit, hoard, reserve

Synonyms: Adjective

bought, mass-produced, off-the-peg [chiefly British], off-the-rack, off-the-shelf, ready-made, store-bought

Antonyms: Adjective

bespoke (also bespoken), custom, customized, custom-made, tailored, tailor-made

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Examples of store in a Sentence


I stored my furniture until I found a new apartment. She stores her jewels in a safe. The wine should be stored at room temperature. The solar panels store energy. They're studying how our brains store memories.


I'm going to the store to buy groceries. The stores are always crowded around the holiday season.


preferred homemade bread to store brands
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Allen said Rise Brands has a maintenance center in Columbus where as many as 400 games are stored, being repaired or harvested for parts. Indianapolis Star, "At two-story 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, players will 'level up' in more than one way," 27 June 2019 Your whitelist is stored locally on your device, and not viewable by Firewall, the company says. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "This New App Promises to Block Robocalls Forever. But Should We Have to Pay for That?," 27 June 2019 Mix and Match: The Challenge Ahead The Innsbruck and Delft teams each worked with only one type of matter for storing and entangling qubits. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 Your browser may also store third-party cookies when visiting The New York Review of Books, "Privacy statement," 17 June 2019 Later that night, the Carmichaels said Coughlin took them out to his car to show them two or three large bags of marijuana Coughlin had stashed in the hideaway compartment used for storing a spare tire. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Prosecution takes aim at alibi on Day 3 of the Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide trial," 6 June 2019 Other mountain dwellers are currently storing honey from a blend of sage, mustard and laurel sumac flowers. Josh Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine, "Honey Made by Bees in Different Parts of L.A. All Tastes Wonderfully Different," 25 June 2018 Stylish, functional bookshelves, in the form of wall shelves and a large bookcase (not shown) are a place to store project materials as well as books. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 Others turned subversive, continuing to store files on their computers instead of the cloud. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Do You Resist New Tech at the Office?," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year, stores and brands are going all out to bring you the very best deals on everything from TVs to mattresses. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Your Guide to the Best July 4th Sales in 2019," 30 June 2019 As of yesterday, Rent the Runway users can drop off their rentals in all three Los Angeles Nordstrom local locations as well as the retailer's full-line store at The Grove at designated kiosks, Fashionista is reporting. Channing Hargrove,, "Now You Can Rent The Runway Inside Of Nordstrom," 30 June 2019 Amazon and other ebook stores do offer some non-DRM titles, but don’t make the distinctions clear. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM," 30 June 2019 An old store and gas station that wasn’t properly cleaned up is sending a plume of benzene through the ground, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "They’re in their 90s; the river looms ... and they don’t want government money.," 30 June 2019 Many residents were interested in affordable, family-style restaurants, grocery stores and farmer’s markets in the development. Anna Beahm |,, "Carraway hospital site redevelopment slated to begin in Spring 2020," 30 June 2019 The book, which begins with the Spanish colonial era, is available for $49 plus $6 shipping from the society’s online store at or in the society’s library, Saturday through Wednesday, at 911 Melissa Drive. Paula Allen,, "Oscar-winning aviation epic shot in San Antonio had a’ re-premiere’ for Kelly AFB’s 50th anniversary," 29 June 2019 There are 160 stores with outlet pricing on designer brands. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 The American Family Association staged a boycott, and an Ikea store in New York received a bomb threat. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "For companies, LGBTQ-inclusive ads weren't always risk-free," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The district's buildings and grounds store equipment in Wheatland's gymnasium, leaving no space for students to train on site. Suzanne Baker,, "Parents question if Wheatland School changes are enough," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of store


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for store


Middle English, from Anglo-French estorer to establish, restore, supply, from Latin instaurare to resume, restore

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English Language Learners Definition of store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something that is not being used) in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely, etc.
: to collect and put (something) into one location for future use
: to place (information) in a person's memory or a computer's memory



English Language Learners Definition of store (Entry 2 of 2)

: a building or room where things are sold
: a large building in which something is kept for future use
: a large amount or supply of something that is kept for future use


\ ˈstȯr How to pronounce store (audio) \
stored; storing

Kids Definition of store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place or leave something in a location (as a warehouse, library, or computer memory) for later use, disposal, or safekeeping Store the old toys in the attic.
2 : to bring together or collect as a supply The body stores fat.
3 : to provide with what is needed : supply They stored a ship with goods.



Kids Definition of store (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place where goods are sold : shop a candy store
2 : a large quantity, supply, or number a store of natural resources
3 stores plural : something collected and kept for future use a ship's stores
in store
: ready entry 1 sense 1 We have a big surprise in store for you.

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