store

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verb

stored; storing

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
storable adjective

store

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noun

1
a
: 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
5
b
chiefly British : memory sense 4
6
: a business establishment where usually diversified goods are kept for retail sale
a grocery store
compare shop

store

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adjective

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
Phrases
in store
: in readiness : in preparation
there's a surprise in store for you

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
An uproar from security researchers who found that the feature was both turned on by default and stored potentially sensitive data insecurely forced Microsoft to pump the brakes. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before cooling and storing in a clean, covered container. Nbc Washington, NBC News, 4 July 2024
Noun
People bought and collected random photographs from dry goods stores, general junk shops, vending machines and even cigarette packs. Sohini Desai, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2024 Benefits of the Prime membership include free same-day, one-day or two-day delivery, discounts at Amazon Fresh stores, books on Prime Reading, access to shows and movies on the Amazon Prime streaming app and ad-free music and podcasts on Amazon Music. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2024
Adjective
The National Retail Federation expects U.S. online and non-store sales this year to grow as much as 23% from 2020, to roughly $1.13 trillion, the trade group said in June. Angus Loten, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2021 And online and other non-store sales are expected to increase between 10% and 12%. Ivana Pino, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2022 See all Example Sentences for store 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

Adjective

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of store was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Store.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/store. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

store

1 of 3 verb
ˈstō(ə)r How to pronounce store (audio)
ˈstȯ(ə)r
stored; storing
1
: lay away, accumulate
store vegetables for winter use
2
: to provide with what is needed : furnish, supply
store a ship with provisions
3
a
: to deposit in a place (as a warehouse) for safekeeping or disposal
stored my furniture until I found a new apartment
b
: to record information in a device (as a computer)
4
: to provide storage room for : hold
racks for storing basketballs

store

2 of 3 noun
1
a
: something stored
a store of good jokes
b
plural : accumulated supplies (as of food) : stock
a ship's stores
2
: value entry 1 sense 3, importance
a family that set great store by tradition
3
: a place where goods are sold : shop

store

3 of 3 adjective
: purchased from a store : ready-made
store clothes
store bread

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