shop

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noun

often attributive
1
: a handicraft establishment : atelier
2
a
: a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale : store
b
or less commonly shoppe : a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services
a millinery shop
a sandwich shop
3
: a commercial establishment for the making or repair of goods or machinery
machine shop
repair shop
4
a
: a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts education
b
: the art or science of working with tools and machinery
5
a
: a business establishment : office
a public relations shop
b
: shoptalk
talking shop

shop

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verb

shopped; shopping

intransitive verb

1
a
: to examine goods or services with intent to buy
b
: to hunt through a market in search of the best buy
2
: to make a search : hunt
shopping around for a better idea

transitive verb

1
British : to inform on : betray
2
: to examine the stock or offerings of
shop the stores for Christmas gift ideas
3
: to offer for consideration or acceptance
especially : to offer for sale or in a trade
often used with around
shopping the manuscript around

Example Sentences

Noun I took the car to the shop to get new brakes. I am taking shop this semester. I made a table in shop. The wood shop is down the hall. Verb Where do you like to shop? I like to shop at locally owned stores. She is shopping for a new car. Many people now shop online. She's shopping her idea for a film. His own mother shopped him to the police. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This is now less like a rip-roaring tailgate and more like the lobby of a mechanic’s shop after several warning lights on your dashboard went off. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Richard Gradillas said on Tuesday evening that it was not known to him whether Toma and Gutierrez were employees of the shop. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 At security guards’ behest, curious passersby — including Mickey Mouse and Wonder Woman impersonators — crammed into the entrance of the La La Land souvenir shop to catch a glimpse of the television star. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 The owner of the shop told KABC-TV that the brothers had been customers for almost two decades, and had stopped in for donuts that day. Maria Pasquini, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 Sami Jariri, 40, the owner of a hookah shop in Lod, has sworn off voting entirely. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2022 Cake Gypsy also announced that the business will return to its birth place in Canton with the grand opening of a new cupcake shop at 250 Albany Turnpike on Dec. 3. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 31 Oct. 2022 Hylton’s name was written in melted red wax on the sidewalk in front of the shop, where dozens of candles and bouquets of flowers had been left. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022 Peruse the shelves of the warehouse-like shop in search of gear to replenish your backpacking setup. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 26 Oct. 2022
Verb
Below, shop the best early Spanx Black Friday deals before others catch on. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 Below, shop our best gift ideas designed to help quell anxiety symptoms for loved ones through stressful daily routines. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 What: In a first at the North Village Market, shop the wares of local artists and craftspeople for your holiday gifting needs. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 21 Nov. 2022 The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is supporting small businesses with a holiday campaign to encourage people to shop, eat and entertain locally. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 While DeMellier's sale officially opens to email subscribers on Monday, November 21, Harper's BAZAAR readers can shop the sale beginning today, Friday November 18 simply by applying promo code EARLYHB20 at checkout. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 Once inside, customers can shop a variety of beverages, including beer, seltzers and sodas. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 From #SkinTok-beloved pimple patches that get out alllll the gunk to Glossier perfume, shop some of the best deals on game-changing, trendy TikTok products on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 16 Nov. 2022 All these and more of the best early Black Friday makeup deals to shop in advance of the swiftly-approaching holiday. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa booth; akin to Old High German scopf shed

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of shop was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shop. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

shop 1 of 2

noun

1
: a place of business : office
2
a
: a building or room where goods are sold retail
b
also shoppe : a small store offering a specialized line of goods
a gift shop
3
: a place where workers are doing a particular kind of work especially with machinery
a print shop
4
a
: a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts education
b
: industrial arts
take shop as a freshman
metal shop
5
: shoptalk
talk shop

shop

2 of 2

verb

shopped; shopping
1
: to visit shops for the purpose of looking over and buying goods
2
: to look for the best buy
shop around for a new car
shopper noun

Legal Definition

shop

noun

: a business establishment : a place of employment see also closed shop, open shop, union shop

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