\ 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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Other Words from store


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


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.


I'm going to the store to buy groceries. The stores are always crowded around the holiday season.


preferred homemade bread to store brands
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to his account, his mother hit his sister with her gun and the shots that were intended for him ricochetted off gasoline canisters that were being stored in his room, AZ Central reported. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Republican Bobby Wilson Said Gabby Giffords "Created a Target"," 18 July 2018 The plaintiff asserted that its program is an original literary work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression when stored on computer hard drives. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'," 18 June 2018 Many customers have long been vocal in their demands for AirPlay 2 functionality, which will allow for music and podcasts stored on iOS devices to be played directly on Sonos speakers. Zack Ruskin, Billboard, "Sonos Integrating Siri, Alexa & More Virtual Assistants for Simultaneous Use With New Beam Smart Speaker," 6 June 2018 Items that are cut to order, like salads and herbs, are stored closest to the pass. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the Raucous New Paris Restaurant, Déviant," 4 June 2018 The impellers role was to stir the liquid oxygen stored in the tank, but the component kept failing under the massive load. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 But there’s also 21,222,975 unique passwords released within the breach, stored in plain text for the world to see. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "'Collection #1' reveals 773 million email addresses, passwords in one of largest data breaches ever," 17 Jan. 2019 In part, that’s because websites currently ask you to log in and store a username and password within the site itself. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 External hard drives are more affordable than ever, and our eight favorite drives fit all needs, like a hard drive that can survive the elements or a powerful solid-state drive (SSD) that can store multitudes. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best External Hard Drives To Back Up Your Digital Life," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Last year, workers at a Southeast Portland location of Burgerville — a restaurant chain with dozens of stores across Washington and Oregon — voted to form their union. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Fast-Food Industry Workers Continue to Fight for Their Right to Unionize," 25 Mar. 2019 Though Parachute's offerings now span bath, table linens, and mattress, the standout is the linen, which is sure to make even your cramped apartment look like one of the brand's uber-Instagrammable stores (see above!). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Is the Direct-to-Consumer Bedding You Should Buy," 5 Mar. 2019 In the 1970s, a new breed of store began popping up across America. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "You Can Buy a Sex Toy at the Drugstore—But Should You?," 10 Dec. 2018 The resulting assortment—which, like most of what Ferrer uses in his own projects, focuses on midcentury items from across Europe— is an unprecedented offering for a big box store. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Vintage at CB2, Thanks to a Line from Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Now Slimane is adding interior designer to his CV with the opening of a new concept store at 650 Madison Avenue, the flagship of French fashion house Celine, for which he was appointed creative director in January 2018. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Fashion brand Celine launches new store concept in New York City," 22 Feb. 2019 The incident occurred right outside of a vaporizer store two days before Brown died. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Man Dies After Exploding E-Cigarette Sends Shrapnel into His Neck," 5 Feb. 2019 Designed by David Thulstrup, the 4,300-square-foot loft sits above the offices of Danish furniture company Vipp and serves as a livable retail concept store for the brand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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