\ 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

They were accused of storing baseballs in a humid room to deaden them and to help a Chicago team built on pitching and defense. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 Unattended items with indications of ownership must be collected and stored for 90 days to allow the owners to retrieve them. Bob Egelko,, "Santa Rosa agrees to new rules in dealing with homeless population," 12 July 2019 New this year, however, is that the village is electronically storing vehicle license data in a database. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park drivers must buy vehicle ‘stickers,’ though no longer physical, by July 15," 5 July 2019 The water rose several feet in their basement, damaging most everything stored down there. Scott Wartman,, "'I see nothing but muddy water.' Two weeks after flooding, Northside residents demanding answers, payment from the sewer district.," 4 July 2019 Example two Now imagine your team needs to decide on a database technology in which to store your client data. Teresa Dietrich, Quartz at Work, "How to stay focused on the business decisions that matter most," 26 June 2019 For several years now, it has been entrusted with storing data for NATO and the European Union — and now, the country of Estonia. NBC News, "Data security meets diplomacy: Why Estonia is storing its data in Luxembourg," 25 June 2019 These policies force companies to store the personal data of a country’s citizens on servers located in that country. David Meyer, Fortune, "Indian Workers on H-1B Visas Could Be Casualties of a U.S. Trade Spat," 21 June 2019 The cap would apply to countries that force foreign companies to store data locally, according to Reuters. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "H-1B visas are good for India and Silicon Valley. Capping them would hurt," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Officers responded to the business at 12:33 a.m. after receiving 911 calls from passerbys reporting a clerk at the store was shot, dispatchers said., "Clerk shot at Hamilton store, 1 in custody," 12 July 2019 The ingredients are store-bought, the drink is built right in a cup (no pitchers needed), and people can make their own, regardless of skill level. Alison Roman, Bon Appétit, "If You Can Open a Cheap Beer, You Can Make This Cocktail," 12 July 2019 Carolyn, a Boston University student, worked at the Calvin Klein store there and became friendly with a customer called Grace. Lisa Birnbach, Washington Post, "The almost-charmed life of JFK Jr.," 11 July 2019 Lonnie Lancto The paperwork was done May 15 and Nelson started punching in and out at the Largo store as the fictitious new hire on May 16, logging a total of 235 hours until she was arrested, WFLA-TV of St. Petersburg reported. Fox News, "Dunkin’ manager created fake employee, collected extra paycheck, cops say," 11 July 2019 Compared to other, heavily infused scents at the store, Limette 37 is as slight as summer sunshine in the Sunset District. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Why does San Francisco turn up its nose at perfume?," 10 July 2019 Pineapple What to look for at the store: Choose a pineapple with healthy green leaves. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to grow your own fruits and vegetables — from food scraps," 10 July 2019 Ryan Wilkins, who worked at the South Williamson Boulevard store as a sales associate, was arrested on charges of with two counts of video voyeurism and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communications device. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Auto-repair shop worker recorded women using bathroom, Port Orange police say," 9 July 2019 Family members said the teen, Elijah Al-Amin, had gotten off of work about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday and had spent some time with his girlfriend before stopping at the store. David Williams, CNN, "Police say man cut Arizona teen's throat because rap music made him feel unsafe," 8 July 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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food or victuals

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