\ 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

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Examples of stow in a Sentence

Verb He stowed his gear in a locker. Luggage may be stowed under the seat.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most customers live within a three-block radius and use their unit to stow occasional-use items like skis and car seats, Mr. Smyth says. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "NYC’s Self-Storage Business is Booming in Unusual Places," 30 Mar. 2021 Finally, a friend persuaded TWA to stow three cases of wine aboard the jet that would take them to Paris. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, "Steven Spurrier, vintner who turned the world on to Napa Valley wines with a single tasting, dies," 19 Mar. 2021 The dog, Graham’s sister’s pug, had just been run over, and the nanny couldn’t think of how to get the carcass home other than to stow it in the carriage with the baby. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Graham Greene’s Dark Heart," 15 Mar. 2021 Some reviewers did warn that this shade-bringer tends to get damaged if left out in heavy windstorms, though, so be sure to stow it away during all those April showers. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "This popular patio umbrella has more than 8,000 reviews—and it's more than 60% off," 12 Mar. 2021 The Bessemer workers who support the union complain about aggressive productivity goals Amazon sets for them, targets that can be exhausting for employees racing to stow, pick or pack goods at the massive warehouse. Washington Post, "Inspired by Alabama’s union battle, Amazon workers elsewhere are considering organizing their own warehouses," 9 Mar. 2021 Clocking in at a little over two pounds, this option is lightweight enough to stow in the trunk of your car. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Casually Building Earth's Twin," 25 Feb. 2021 Once unleashed, that speedy go-getter of a rover would pick up sample tubes and stow them inside a container built into the nose of the MAV for rocketing them off the planet back to orbit. Leonard David, Scientific American, "As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy," 15 Feb. 2021 Clocking in at a little over two pounds, this option is lightweight enough to stow in the trunk of your car. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Story of the Moon Rock in Joe Biden's Oval Office," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Stow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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