\ 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 inwhen 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 storable (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 From the outside, detached from the house and fitted with a large wooden garage door, favorite room looks more suited to storing cars than relaxing. Spencer Elliott, Los Angeles Times, "From carriage house to modern family space for actress Erinn Hayes," 11 Jan. 2020 Succulents -- like cacti and aloe plants -- survive extreme heat by storing moisture. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "This beautiful desert is blooming with wildlife found nowhere else on Earth," 10 Jan. 2020 Internet companies across the globe consume huge amounts of electricity through their data centers, which house the computer servers that store and share website and cloud information. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "‘They Must Scale Up:’ Greenpeace Ranks China’s Tech Giants on Renewable Energy," 9 Jan. 2020 The state put up signs declaring the land as property of Arizona and has occasionally stored equipment there. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Clock is ticking for Tempe 'squatter' Steve Sussex after Arizona Supreme Court refuses to take appeal," 8 Jan. 2020 Three employees currently have the ability to access customers’ stored videos for the purpose of maintaining Ring’s data infrastructure, Huseman said. Washington Post, "Ring has terminated employees for abusing access to people’s video data, company tells lawmakers," 8 Jan. 2020 The underlying technology -- called EMV for founders Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- generates new codes for each transaction, while the information on magnetic stripes is permanent and can be copied and stored by hackers. Jenny Surane, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. gas stations rush to adopt chip cards after failed bid to delay deadline," 8 Jan. 2020 The stormwater project involves creating drainage swales and deep-rooted native plants that can capture and store up to 150,000 gallons of rainwater from a storm. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown's homeless camp could return — but local and state officials will work together to try to prevent that," 8 Jan. 2020 Other changes include: Providing a one-time option per registration year for a person to claim an exemption by voluntarily surrendering their vehicle registration and associated license plate prior to storing a vehicle. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama car insurance law changing Jan. 1," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boudt's wine shop is Donald Dietz's go-to wine store. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why European wine and cheese prices may be about to skyrocket," 13 Jan. 2020 To the largest music store in Seoul to buy Celine’s CD. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Collected Dreams About Celine Dion," 10 Jan. 2020 The new location at 436 West 13th St., once home to the construction equipment rental store Steffen's Rental, will is set to fully open in late 2020. Julia Fair,, "Covington's Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky will move to a new location, grow, and add services," 9 Jan. 2020 Error 0: Deputies are responding to the store in the 9200 block of North Sam Houston Parkway. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer shoots possible robbery suspect at area Walmart, sheriff says," 8 Jan. 2020 Another variation of the service is a store-and-forward format: Providers at free clinics and offices in underserved areas can take photos and notes during a patient’s visit, then forward these materials to trained dermatologists for feedback. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Dermatology Deserts: What to Do If You Live in One," 8 Jan. 2020 Customers can choose from more than 3,000 hard-to-find international wines that are delivered to the store and ready for customer pick-up within a couple of days. al, "Birmingham Food: new restaurants, breweries, and wine shops," 7 Jan. 2020 Walmart disposed of the jacket and bottle, and contacted Ecolab, a hygiene and energy technologies company, which sent an employee to the store Friday, the police said. Johnny Diaz,, "Police investigating the release of bedbugs at a Walmart," 6 Jan. 2020 The employer had the suspect at his home earlier in the evening and the two went to a liquor store. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspect in fatal Bay View hit-and-run charged as search for him continues, police say," 5 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of store was in the 13th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Store.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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