\ 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 inwhen 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

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of store in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun I'm going to the store to buy groceries. The stores are always crowded around the holiday season. Adjective preferred homemade bread to store brands
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet even with this massive trove of information, little is known about how Ecuadorean authorities store the data and who can access it. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic," 14 Oct. 2020 Dry ice or blocks of regular ice can help store food. Michael Cabanatuan,, "PG&E power shut-offs likely in Bay Area: What you need to know," 12 Oct. 2020 After the federal government failed to adopt a renewable energy policy in the early 2000s, states began adopting aggressive climate policies and giving homeowners incentives to buy solar panels and, more recently, batteries to store power. Livia Albeck-ripka And Ivan Penn New York Times, Star Tribune, "Australia's quiet rise as a solar powerhouse," 8 Oct. 2020 Capture and store up to 128 GB of audio with this six-track pro audio recorder. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Electronics and exercise gear that make excellent gifts," 8 Oct. 2020 Microsoft has become the first major technology company to show support for a group of companies aimed at breaking Apple’s control over its App Store, pledging to make its app store a more open platform. Washington Post, "Microsoft takes aim at Apple with app store principles," 8 Oct. 2020 Cloud computing is essentially a way of of renting space on remote servers to store and process information, rather than relying on traditional, on-premises data centers. Clare Duffy, CNN, "One of Big Tech's top moneymakers is getting a pandemic boost," 5 Oct. 2020 Garzik envisaged putting a ring of micro satellites on Earth’s orbit, and those satellites could be connected via an inter satellite link that would store and broadcast the blockchain data. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "Definitely not Windows 95: What operating systems keep things running in space?," 2 Oct. 2020 Babb said KeyState has a number of efforts in the pipeline, including a system that can capture and store carbon dioxide. Dave Fidlin, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania lawmakers and industry officials optimistic about new natural gas tax credit legislation," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The program operates on donations and sales, which should get a boost when its new retail store opens to the public sometime soon. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Flourish Bakery — a culinary training and rehab program — finds a new home in Midvale," 17 Oct. 2020 Your local grocery store probably has bottles of pumpkin spice creamer, but what about a maple oat beverage? Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "30+ Trader Joe's Items That Are Perfect for Fall," 17 Oct. 2020 Kermit Lynch began importing Domaine Tempier’s wines in the late 1970s and selling them at his store in Berkeley, Calif., a few blocks from Chez Panisse, and through distribution nationwide. Washington Post, "French winemaker Lulu Peyraud taught Americans ‘joie de vivre,’ and we owe her for that," 16 Oct. 2020 The city also has entered into an agreement with Best Buy to keep its store in the center. Steve Lord,, "Aurora approves sales tax rebate agreement for Pacifica Square," 16 Oct. 2020 Try the $10 Challenge and head to your favorite store like Target or Walmart. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "30 Fun Challenges to Do With Friends On Your Next Zoom Call," 16 Oct. 2020 Amoeba Music reopened its San Francisco store on Sept. 17. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 The air filters at my store, for example, look filthy. Cynthia Murray, Fortune, "If Walmart wants to hear workers’ voices, it should give us a seat at the table," 16 Oct. 2020 To sign up for free and help the Achievement Centers, create an account for Target Circle at and enter your Zip code to select your local store. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Help children with disabilities when you shop: Strong Points," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sales at non-store retailers, which include internet companies like Amazon and eBay, rose 9% in May after posting growth of 9.5% in April. Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail sales up a record 17.7% in a partial rebound from pandemic," 16 June 2020 Sales for brick-and-mortar stores were up 16.8%, while sales at non-store retailers skyrocketed nearly 31% last month. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Retail sales jumped record 18% as economy rebounded from coronavirus shutdown in May," 16 June 2020 Sales at non-store retailers, which include internet companies like Amazon and eBay, rose 9% in May after posting growth of 9.5% in April. CBS News, "Retail sales saw record surge in May, signaling economic rebound," 16 June 2020 Sales at non-store retailers, which include internet companies like Amazon and eBay, rose 9% in May after posting growth of 9.5% in April. cleveland, "Retail sales increase record 17.7% from April to May, as economy rebounds from coronavirus," 16 June 2020 And of course the big winner of this pandemic, e-commerce, continued to surge: What the U.S. government calls non-store spending, which is online shopping, was 31% above year-ago levels. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "U.S. retail sales surge in May but remain well below normal levels," 16 June 2020 The Salvation Army's thrift stores bring in almost $600 million each year, and the organization is still calculating how badly store closings around the country have hurt revenues. David Williams, CNN, "People are emerging from coronavirus isolation with carloads of stuff to donate," 23 May 2020 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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The first known use of store was in the 13th century

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce store (audio)

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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