store

1 of 3

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

3 of 3

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Photo negatives degrade over time and are cumbersome to store. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 Such a plan will simultaneously mitigate flooding and help the American West store more water despite a climate gone haywire. WIRED, 13 Jan. 2023 Companies of all kinds store consumer information on servers connected to the internet. Dallas News, 7 Dec. 2022 The bacteria store these snippets in order to enhance their innate immunity from future threats. Markham Heid, Time, 6 Dec. 2022 But when the price of the fuel and electricity needed to power the generators that make and store ice goes up, so does the cost of a bag of ice — from about $1 to $1.40 over the past few months. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2022 This inflatable gymnastics mat can be pumped up and deflated in less than a minute and easily folds up to store. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 22 Dec. 2022 To combat water scarcity, the park will be irrigated with treated wastewater supplied by a plant nearby, and a 3.7-acre lake -- repurposed from the former Olympic canoe and kayak area -- will collect and store stormwater. Nell Lewis, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 The legislation places the onus of responsibility on the cryobanks, agencies, and clinics that collect and store donor sperm and eggs, charging them with updating donor records and contact information every three years. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 3 Nov. 2022
Noun
On its Windows 10 store page, a disclaimer states that Microsoft will support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. WIRED, 28 Jan. 2023 The store was closed in 2020 to allow founder and CEO of The Phluid Project Rob Smith to spend more time on education. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 Succulents are plants that store moisture in fleshy leaves or stems to survive periods of drought. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2023 Tens of thousands of ATMs in Germany store around $55,000 to $110,000 in them. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 28 Jan. 2023 When the November earthquake struck, Briers, 55, was working at the store, whose central seating area acts as an informal workers cafeteria. J. David Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2023 One store in West Hollywood, for example, displayed roughly thirty flavors of Elf Bars and at least twenty flavors of Flum, two of the most prevalent vape brands. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 27 Jan. 2023 The German town is also known for the biggest Christmas store in the world, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2023 The virus’ incessant shape-shifting has more completely demolished the store of effective drugs that can save them from severe illness or death with COVID-19. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2023
Adjective
And online and other non-store sales are expected to increase between 10% and 12%. Ivana Pino, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2022 Choose from a selection of popular and high-performing stocks, or let your recipient pick their own investment with a choose-your-own-adventure card. Give your recipient a host of options with a multi-store gift card. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 22 Sep. 2022 Retail sales strong year-over-year Retail sales categories that performed well year-over-year (YoY) in April include non-store commerce and apparel/accessories, up 11.3% and 11.2% respectively. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Motor vehicle sales were down 1.9%, and volatile non-store retail sales, or online sales, fell sharply at 6.4%. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2022 Bose began selling direct-to-consumer hearing aids for $849 a pair via its website and a limited number of other non-store channels last year. Amara Omeokwe, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 Many of the new businesses were concentrated in the non-store retail sector, which includes e-commerce, truck transportation, and accommodation and food services. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 29 June 2021 The group expects that online and other non-store sales, which are included in the total, will increase between 11% and 15%. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2021 Included in the total are online and non-store sales, NRF projects an increase between 11% and 15% totaling between $218.3 billion and $226.2 billion. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 5 Feb. 2023.

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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