\ 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 Amazon has more than 100 warehouses around the country to store, pack and ship goods. Arkansas Online, "Holiday stress: Amazon, others under gun for 1-day delivery," 28 Nov. 2019 Peatlands, which store massive amounts of carbon in the ground, are drying out and burning, releasing still more CO2. Wired, "Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point," 27 Nov. 2019 After all, there’s little advantage in controlling a token (the underlying code) if its corresponding visual representation (the cat) isn’t also stored on an open-source platform, right? Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What use are crypto collectibles?," 21 Nov. 2019 Temperature-sensitive vegetables should be put away accordingly (herbs and leafy greens wrapped in damp paper towels and stored in resealable bags, for instance). The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Small kitchen, big Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 Some of the electrons’ energy goes to directing protons, single positive charges, into a holding area to be stored, batterylike, until the plant needs them. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Key Photosynthesis Complex Viewed in Spinach," 13 Nov. 2019 And the entire supply chain is responsible, from poor climatic conditions to produce damaged at farms to improperly stored food to eating habits and more. Michael Shank, Time, "We Are Wasting a Massive Amount of Food. Here Are 4 Concrete Ways to Change That," 9 Nov. 2019 All of Constantinople’s staple foods, including grain, were shipped from surrounding areas and stored in large warehouses, creating ideal breeding grounds for rodents. Bridget Alex, The Conversation, "Plague was around for millennia before epidemics took hold – and the way people lived might be what protected them," 7 Nov. 2019 One reason: Assuming the wines have been properly stored, Bordeaux is remarkably consistent. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Pick a Side in the Great Red Wine Wars: Bordeaux or Burgundy?," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an informal survey this year, the city’s Department of the Environment found that two-thirds of customers at retail stores brought a reusable bag or used no bag. Dustin Gardiner,, "California banned plastic bags. So why do stores keep using them?," 1 Dec. 2019 Responding officers applied compression until paramedics arrived at the store on the corner of East Houston and Ley Roads, Bruce said. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Convenience store clerk shot on East Houston Road, expected to survive," 30 Nov. 2019 However, Black Friday is expected to continue to be the most frenzied day at physical stores. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Black Friday shoppers flock to stores early for doorbusters, deals," 29 Nov. 2019 The chicken is fresh and pasture-raised with regenerative farming practices on a farm in Temecula (Riverside County) — the nice, boutique kind many would balk at buying at the grocery store before defaulting to a block of tofu. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019 At the grocery store, some of you have been rushing around with big scowls on your faces. Elaine Ayala,, "It’s Thanksgiving, San Antonio, let’s be good to one another," 28 Nov. 2019 Johnson, the attorney said, drove in his truck to the area of the parking lot where Williams was located at the store. Carol Robinson |, al, "Lawsuit filed in death of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams now dismissed," 27 Nov. 2019 Another is Afterpay, which finances smaller ticket purchases at stores like Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "A risky third party financing business is emerging for acquisitive millennials," 26 Nov. 2019 Rivera was developed as a suspect in connection with the non-fatal shooting of a man the evening of Nov. 16 at the corner store at Elliott Street and Wethersfield Avenue, Lt. Zach Murdock,, "Hartford man suspected in recent shooting arrested with fentanyl, handgun," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of store was in the 13th century

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3 Dec 2019

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“Store.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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