\ ˈstō How to pronounce stow (audio) \
stowed; stowing; stows

Definition of stow

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transitive verb

1 : house, lodge
2a : to put away for future use : store
b obsolete : to lock up for safekeeping : confine
3a : to dispose in an orderly fashion : arrange, pack
b : load
4 slang : to put aside : stop
5a archaic : crowd
b : to eat or drink up usually used with away stowed away a huge dinner


biographical name
\ ˈstō How to pronounce Stow (audio) \

Definition of Stow (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1525–1605 English historian and antiquarian


geographical name
\ ˈstō How to pronounce Stow (audio) \

Definition of Stow (Entry 3 of 3)

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Akron population 34,837

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Synonyms for stow

Synonyms: Verb

keep, put up, reposit, store

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Examples of stow in a Sentence


He stowed his gear in a locker. Luggage may be stowed under the seat.

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But with the number of gadgets, wires, and dongles that you're required to use every day, decluttering can't be as simple as stowing everything away in a drawer (Sorry, Marie Kondo). Popular Mechanics, "Declutter Your Desk with This Laptop Stand," 14 Feb. 2019 And with that last seat stowed, the big Volvo could swallow our two huge cases, two medium cases, four small roller bags and the double stroller. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 On the other hand, the Escalade is hindered by a 3-inch step-up in the cargo area that is needed to house the third-row seats when stowed, making it noticeably harder to load bulkier items. Mark Takahashi, USA TODAY, "Which is better? Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade compared," 2 Feb. 2018 The bottom shelf, which is made with lighter solid poplar wood and enclosed in the front but open on the sides, is for your mat—just slide it in one of the sides to stow it away out of sight. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Every Yoga Lover Needs This Sleek Storage Shelf," 15 Jan. 2019 This scenario would be consistent with the small size of most of the pieces recovered so far, as well as the recent assessment by the ATSB that the plane's right flap was stowed inside the wing during impact with the sea. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "Top Mathematician Says MH370 Probably Crashed North of the Search Zone," 7 Sep. 2016 With the roof stowed in the front truck, there is none. Fortune, "Lamborghini Echoes Wild Past With 217-MPH Aventador S Roadster for $460,000," 19 Apr. 2018 Hilgers chose a rooftop solar panel and gel battery to power the van off grid, and when the table is stowed the open middle area still works to haul larger items. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Minimalist camper van packs everything you need in 48 square feet," 12 Sep. 2018 Instead of writing monthly rent checks to the property owner, EADS LLC, the tenants now hand their rent to tenant organizers, who help them stow the cash away in escrow. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of stow


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stow


Middle English, to place, from stowe place, from Old English stōw; akin to Old Frisian stō place, Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

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English Language Learners Definition of stow

: to put (something that is not being used) in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely, etc.


\ ˈstō How to pronounce stow (audio) \
stowed; stowing

Kids Definition of stow

1 : to put away : store He stowed his belongings in the closet.
2 : load entry 2 sense 1 The ship was stowed before the voyage.
stow away
: to hide on a vehicle (as a ship) in order to travel without paying or being seen

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