\ ˈstȯr How to pronounce store (audio) \
stored; storing

Definition of store

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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

Stylish, functional bookshelves, in the form of wall shelves and a large bookcase (not shown) are a place to store project materials as well as books. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 Others turned subversive, continuing to store files on their computers instead of the cloud. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Do You Resist New Tech at the Office?," 10 June 2019 Meringues are not difficult, but there are a few tricks to getting them crisp enough to store at room temperature for a couple of days. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream," 10 June 2019 Share can expect to receive as much as $428,000 to store and deliver the 120,000 cases of National School Lunch food on order for schools in Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties for the next school year, Earl said. Alfred Lubrano,, "Food program stepping up to save school lunches, food for low-income people," 4 June 2019 The destroyers need a capacitor system to store and then quickly surge power to a laser. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing," 17 May 2019 Scientists from the University of Illinois and the Department of Agriculture have been experimenting with ways to genetically modify plants to store up even more carbon. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Plants help absorb our carbon, but for how much longer?," 16 May 2019 Kurian said that Looker customers would still be able to store and analyze corporate data in third-party services sold by competitors such as Salesforce, Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle, where Kurian once worked for over 20 years. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google Plans One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Ever In Bid to Bolster Its Cloud Business," 6 Feb. 2019 He was said to enjoy watching people burn and even had reserves of it stored under various parts of King's Landing. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why There Was Green Fire in the Battle of King's Landing on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The officer was the only person who fired shots in the store, police said. Washington Post, "LAPD investigates officer’s actions in Costco shooting," 16 June 2019 The Pizza Press: Pizza’s ideal for family-style outings and Winter Garden’s Pizza Press is throwing fathers a beer-centric bonus: one free craft beer, in-store, with purchase of a pizza or salad. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Father’s Day feasts around Orlando: 4 Rivers, free beer and beyond," 14 June 2019 The public will just need to wait a month or two to find out what this year has in store. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Adorable Photos of Sweden’s Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar Enjoying Their Summer Vacation," 14 June 2019 And a man famous for using the power of clothes (particularly those red polos on tournament Sundays) to intimidate opponents and forecast victory has, of late, been helpless against the plans that apparel — accessories — have in store for him. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "A Tolerable Redemption for Tiger Woods," 13 June 2019 Disney unveiled the latest trailer for Frozen 2 on Tuesday (June 12), and fans have been in a frenzy trying to piece together what the upcoming sequel might have in store. Madeleine Fernando, Billboard, "Everything We Know About 'Frozen 2'," 12 June 2019 Behind the cash register in the store hang several artifacts and relics that Swayhoover has collected in her travels — a mask, a painting, nesting dolls and other wooden toys. Cody Boteler,, "New toy store on Frederick Road aims to build a 'Better World'," 11 June 2019 Prosecutors said two dogs in the store attacked and killed the guide dog. Bob Egelko,, "Calif. court says convicts must pay restitution, no matter how small the crime," 7 June 2019 Scroll below to see what Sonja Marie’s Word Life Astrology says the month of June has in store for you! 01 May 21 to June 20 Be AWARE: Happy solar return to the zodiac’s wordsmith. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 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,, "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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