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

Definition of store

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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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Other Words from store


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

Land management choices also affect the amount of carbon stored in trees, plants and soil. David R. Montgomery, The Conversation, "Restoring soil can help address climate change," 13 Aug. 2019 That document was discovered this month in a file cabinet of materials that had been padlocked shut and stored away in a warehouse. Richard Ruelas,, "Misfiled in the Don Bolles files: Filming 1976's 'A Star Is Born' at Sun Devil Stadium," 12 Aug. 2019 And don’t rush to store your tool at the first sign of winter, either. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Leaf Vacuums to Make Yard Work Easy," 26 July 2019 The gas company has pushed back against the restrictions, saying officials could help stabilize energy prices by allowing more gas to be stored at Aliso. Sammy Roth,, "After Aliso Canyon, a gas pipeline exploded — and Californians lost $1 billion," 11 July 2019 History was on their side, and that history was enshrined in more than 50 boxes stored at the National Archives outside Washington and at a regional archives office in Waltham. Thomas Farragher,, "A piece of Maine’s maritime history gets a lifeline," 10 July 2019 Brompton’s small bikes can be taken onto public transportation for free and then stored under your desk at the office. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Brompton Electric bike review: remarkably practical," 2 July 2019 Connecticut experts are increasingly worried about potential health and environmental risks of firefighting foam containing hazardous PFAS chemicals now being used and stored at more than 300 fire departments across the state. Gregory B. Hladky,, "State experts: Firefighting foam that spilled into Farmington River could pose serious health, environmental risks," 17 June 2019 The font, which is stored at the Tower of London when not in use, has been used for the christenings of all of the Queen's children and grandchildren, excluding Princess Eugenie. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Meghan and Harry release new photo of Archie for Father's Day," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Immigration fuels the Bay Area, from neighborhood stores and global tech companies to K-12 classrooms and research labs. Peter Leroe-munoz, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How turning our backs on immigrants hurts Bay Area," 6 Sep. 2019 The first grouping drops Sept. 12 in J. Jill stores and and comprises fall-focused separates, dresses and accessories, with clothing ranging in sizes XS-4XL and 0-28; all pieces are priced between $39 and $209. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Christian Siriano’s Focus on Size Inclusivity Continues With J. Jill Collaboration," 6 Sep. 2019 Pattern will be available at on September 9, and then at Ulta Beauty in stores and online September 22. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tracee Ellis Ross Worked on Her Haircare Line Pattern Beauty for 10 Years," 6 Sep. 2019 Illinois already doesn’t allow people to openly carry handguns, but Walgreens has more than 9,000 stores and is in all 50 states. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Todd Ricketts’ property tax assessment appeal investigated, ‘the greatest Bear of all’ and other things to know to start your day," 6 Sep. 2019 Surveillance footage showed them re-entering the store and Espinoza locating the keys on the floor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pair ordered to stand trial in East Village businessman’s slaying," 6 Sep. 2019 And Apple’s position as both a giant app store and as a powerful app maker itself, is being questioned. Wired, "What to Expect From Apple’s Fall Hardware Extravaganza," 6 Sep. 2019 Down Mill Bay Road from Rohrer’s restaurants is Cost-Savers, a grocery store and Costco outlet owned and operated by Al Large. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s coastal communities prepare for big change as ferry cuts arrive this week," 5 Sep. 2019 The existing categories for medical marijuana licenses remain mostly the same for the recreational market: two classes of growers, processors, testing facilities, retail stores and secure transporters. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Here are six licenses to consider for entering Michigan's recreational pot market," 5 Sep. 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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