\ 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 Accessing data and software stored in remote servers is business-essential. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Cloud ETFs are all the rage as more people work from home," 13 May 2020 Previously, the hospital system had recognized gear as inventory if it was stored in a warehouse; if the gear were kept at a clinical facility or on a hospital floor, it would be recognized as an expense. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Inventory or Expense: Coronavirus Pushes Mayo Clinic to Revisit Its Accounting Practices," 12 May 2020 Northwest Distribution and Storage in Salem collected the wines from Cottage Grove as well as those stored in their own warehouse for delivery to Eugene area hospitals and the Newberg Mail Room. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Million-dollar convoy of Oregon wine delivers smiles to coronavirus caregivers," 7 May 2020 Traders are hunting for any place to store fuel, according to Buckeye Partners LP. David Marino,, "Cheapest Gasoline Since 1999 Has America’s Refiners Throttling Back," 5 May 2020 Per capita, the Japanese now eat only about an ounce a year, and as a consequence, approximately 4,000 tons of unsold whale meat is stored in a growing stockpile. Kieran Mulvaney, National Geographic, "Commercial whaling may be over in Iceland," 1 May 2020 Doing so will be a lot more complicated than finding more places to store West Texas Intermediate crude. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "What the Negative Price of Oil Is Telling Us," 21 Apr. 2020 If buyers are able to find a place to store the oil, there’s the possibility of huge gains. Karen Ho, Quartz, "Oil prices crash and go negative for the first time ever," 20 Apr. 2020 With refiners buying far less oil to turn into fuel and no place to store the product, oil traded at a negative price for the first time on April 20, leaving companies paying for others to take it off their hands. Justin Worland, Time, "Oil Prices Won't Be Negative Forever. But the Oil Industry Will Never Be the Same," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maybe 20% of the people in the store, workers included, were wearing masks. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic won't work unless we're all in.," 19 Apr. 2020 The Nome man last worked in the store on April 3, Handyside said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "State’s 5 new COVID-19 cases involve Southcentral Alaska residents," 18 Apr. 2020 More than two-thirds of the workers at grocery store checkouts and fast food counters are women. Robert Gebeloff,, "How millions of women became the most essential workers in America," 18 Apr. 2020 Another wet weekend is in store for Houston, with showers and thunderstorms expected to pop up over southeast Texas as early as Friday afternoon. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Rainy weekend could bring severe weather to parts of Houston," 17 Apr. 2020 The officers noted there were no grocery items or medications for sale in the store. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Not ‘a police state': Winslow looks for clarity after citing 1st nonessential business," 17 Apr. 2020 Whether that’s a grocery store run, visit to the park, or any other activity that doesn’t require large groups of people – these influencers are putting their best outfit forward. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives During Quarantine This Week," 17 Apr. 2020 The doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the grocery store clerks, the delivery men and women, the sanitation workers. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "My Body Is Not a Temple," 16 Apr. 2020 The Milford location of the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse is launching a drive-up farmers market as an alternative to grocery stores during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Milford Texas Roadhouse to launch drive-up farmers market," 15 Apr. 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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20 May 2020

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“Store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce store (audio)

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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