store

verb
\ 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

store

noun

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

store

adjective

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

Verb

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

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

Trotters has become something of a go-to store for royal children's clothing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Floral Dress Is Shockingly Still Available to Shop," 1 May 2019 Read on for the best beekeeping for beginners tips, from where to store your hive to what beekeeping supplies to buy. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Beekeeping for Beginners: Everything to Know About Starting Your Own Colony," 5 Apr. 2019 If portrait taking isn't your style, consider a chaise lounge the ideal location to store your bags. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 Face mists packed with soothing ingredients that offer an antidote to fatigued complexions—and can be easily tossed into your bag for a midday pick-me-up or stored in the fridge for a post-workout blast of cool. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Face Mists for Your Skin, According to Vogue Editors," 27 Apr. 2019 Inventories of several metals stored on global exchanges have fallen more than 25% from the start of last year through Feb. 18, according to data compiled by Capital Economics. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Falling Stockpiles Help Unleash Industrial Metals Rally," 25 Feb. 2019 Toss the bulky knife block or free up drawer space and store your knives on this clever rack. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 2019 The first blockchain was the database on which every Bitcoin transaction was stored. New York Times, "Confused About Blockchains? Here’s What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 Use a camera to take pictures or video of both the interior and exterior of your home as well as your property, including items stored on your property such as vehicles or lawn equipment. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Be prepared for hurricane season," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brides have no shortage of options to consider before turning to resale: There are nationwide chains, boutique salons, and vintage stores, as well as a growing number of direct-to-consumer labels to suss through. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "More Brides Are Buying Used Wedding Dresses Than Ever Before," 1 May 2019 Do-it-yourself soil test kits are sold at garden shops, home centers and hardware stores. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Gowns from the brand are available through the brand's store The Curated, and upon request at Kleinfeld Bridal; custom orders are available directly through the Christian Siriano team. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 The strategy highlights how e-commerce is pressing retailers to adjust to changing consumer habits and reset relationships between brands and stores. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Amazon China Powers Down; Balance in Warehousing; Shipbuilding on Idle," 18 Apr. 2019 This green hub is also a chic shopping destination with beauty stores like Sephora, Kiehl’s, and the Body Shop. Megan Mcintyre, Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "11 New Innovations in Sustainable Beauty from Around the Globe," 18 Apr. 2019 Each lipstick retails for $18.50 and can be purchased at any M.A.C. counter or store, as well as on maccosmetics.com, of course. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "M.A.C.'s Viva Glam Lipstick Is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary," 15 Apr. 2019 Here is a ranking of the Costco food court menu items, from our least favorite to best the best in-store eats. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Publix was named one of America's favorite grocery stores for a number of reasons: The employees are friendly, the prices are low, and the fried chicken is seriously delicious. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Is Publix Open on Easter This Year? What You Need to Know Before You Shop," 27 Mar. 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, chicagotribune.com, "Parents question if Wheatland School changes are enough," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of store

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

History and Etymology for store

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French estorer to establish, restore, supply, from Latin instaurare to resume, restore

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More Definitions for store

store

verb

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

store

noun

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

store

verb
\ 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.

store

noun

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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