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

Definition of stow

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

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Examples of stow in a Sentence

He stowed his gear in a locker. Luggage may be stowed under the seat.
Recent Examples on the Web This three-tier end table includes industrial-style wire storage baskets to stow books, decor, toys, and other items. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2022 The fetch rover will find these samples and, like a cosmic game of pick-up-sticks, grab them, stow them, and then return them to the lander. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2022 To stow it away as a subfolder in the CIO’s portfolio is a mistake, and excluding CSOs from top-level discussions is a risk in and of itself. Endre Walls, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Safe deposit boxes have been added for visitors to stow their phones, ensuring privacy. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 Equipped with a flashlight, a crisp LED display, and a dual head to check inner and outer valve stems, this gauge is a great product to stow in your glovebox. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 Space is what compels Leda to leave her daughters, what induces Frida, after sleeping only six and a half hours across four nights, to stow her toddler in an ExerSaucer and leave the house without her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 25 Jan. 2022 The couple wanted plenty of space to stow their possessions. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 With the temperatures lowering, your first impulse may be to stow a favorite SPF under the sink as many might question the purpose of sunscreen in winter. Vogue, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Stow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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

Stow biographical name

\ ˈstō How to pronounce Stow (audio) \

Definition of Stow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

John 1525–1605 English historian and antiquarian


geographical name
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Definition of Stow (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Akron population 34,837

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