\ 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 store (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 Those violations included nonfood-grade storage containers being used to store food, raw animal food stored in the same place as ready-to-eat food, raw sewage on the premises and overflowing wastewater through the floor drains. Garfield Hylton,, 11 Oct. 2021 That contamination was blamed on fluorinated plastic containers used to store the pesticide. Christine Condon,, 3 Oct. 2021 Carbon dioxide is also used to stun livestock before they are slaughtered, as well as for vacuum packs and dry ice to store frozen foods. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Originally the barn was used to store grain as part of the farming operation of Gottlieb Muhlhauser. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 Magnetic tape is used to store archive and backed up data. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 In addition to the graves, the researchers found a pit used to store food that was later repurposed as a landfill. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Typically handcrafted by a cooper, casks and barrels are made from woods chosen based on the type of spirit they will be used to store. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 The Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin occupies a historic warehouse that was once used to store sets for the Berlin State Opera. Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pair had been charged Sept. 30 with retail theft for taking Nicorette gum from the same store, police said., 19 Oct. 2021 McClain, 23, was stopped by police while walking home from a store, placed in a carotid hold and then injected with ketamine. Leslie Perrot And Amir Vera, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 Police reported a theft of $12 worth of food items from a store at 4:44 p.m. Oct. 15. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 By the time of Suzie’s big day, Matt and I had swung out on a 900-square-foot house not far from the housewares store. Rachel Spalding, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Sideloading is the ability to install software on a smartphone that is not from an approved store. John Koetsier, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 Fans who preorder the album from the official artist store will be able to gain access to exclusive pre-sale livestream tickets before the general on-sale opens. Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 All three were taken into custody without further incident and officers recovered all $1,460 worth of merchandise taken from the store, Rocheleau said. Zach Murdock,, 12 Oct. 2021 The man, who was not immediately identified, had a basket of groceries from a nearby store and was on his way to catch the bus, Zuniga said. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For instance, a third of the increase in new business applications came from non-store retailers—a direct result of the shift to remote interactions between businesses and customers. Emily Barone, Time, 22 July 2021 In addition, non-store retailers were up 25.9% from February last year, while food services and drinking places were down 17% from last year. Kristin Larson, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2021 Even though the Baltimore County center’s movie theater, Regal Hunt Valley, has been closed since March of last year, Greenberg Gibbons’ plans have progressed, including the signing of several non-store tenants., 18 Mar. 2021 Online and non-store sales jumped by 21.9% for the year. Joan Verdon, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Similar multi-store outbreaks occurred at McDonald’s outlets in Los Angeles and on Hawaii’s Big Island. Lance Williams, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2021 Online and other non-store sales are expected to climb between 20% and 30% over last year., 27 Nov. 2020 Between April and October of this year, the number of weekly applications for new, non-store retail businesses far outpaced every other kind of retail. Karen Ho, Quartz, 25 Nov. 2020 With the pandemic prompting people to shop online, non-store retailers such as Amazon have seen a 29.1% increase in sales from October 2019 and an increase of 3.1% from last month. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, 17 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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