Definition of store in English:


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Pronunciation: /stɔː


  • 2chiefly North American A shop of any size or kind: a health-food store
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    • Sports drinks are easy enough to find, having made their way from health-food and sporting-goods stores to the corner grocery.
    • Cinnamon sticks are found at grocery and health-food stores and, often during Christmas, at country gift shops.
    • We have partnered with hair salons, health food stores, restaurants, flower shops, sports stores and other related businesses.
  • 2.1British A large shop selling different types of goods: [with modifier]: DIY stores [as modifier]: a store manager
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    • In my young and impressionable years as a Saturday Sales Assistant in a national chain of shops, my store manager once brought her holiday photos in to work.
    • The store sells bargain clothes, toys and household goods but has come under increasing pressure from competitors in the discount market.
    • Head for Orchard Road where you will find a large selection of malls and stores selling everything from clothes and jewellery to compact disks and cameras.
    shop, retail outlet, reseller, department store, chain store, emporium; supermarket, hypermarket, superstore; mart
    informal shed
    North American informal big box
  • 2.2 (also stores) British A shop selling basic necessities: a well-stocked village store
  • 3A sheep, steer, cow, or pig acquired or kept for fattening.
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    • Dry cows and heifers will suffer no setback through being indoors for a couple of weeks and next in line would be yearling cattle and forward stores.
    • The main changes for stores are with sheep which will be allowed into the market on a special movement licence which has to be obtained from the local trading standards officers.


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  • 1Keep or accumulate (something) for future use: a small room used for storing furniture
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    • Gareth took note and he took to a search for a suitable island to store his accumulated loot.
    • Psychics say storing things causes corresponding accumulations in our bodies - a horrifying thought for hoarders.
    • Even the biggest bookstores don't have enough room to store a fraction of the new books that wash in and out, like foam on a tide.
    keep, keep in reserve, stow, stockpile, lay in/aside, set aside, put away, put down, put to one side, deposit, save, hoard, cache; stock up with/on, get in supplies of, collect, gather, accumulate, cumulate, amass; husband, reserve, preserve
    informal put away for a rainy day, squirrel away, salt away, stash
    put into storage, put in store, stow (away), put away; warehouse
  • 1.1Retain or enter (information) for future electronic retrieval: the data is stored on disk
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    • In these solutions, confidential information is stored on a secure Web server.
    • Information is stored on the card and updated every time it is used in a transaction.
    • This information will be stored on a special website so pupils can record and learn about the main issues in recycling and managing waste in the region.
  • 1.2 (be stored with) Have a supply of (something useful): a mind well stored with esoteric knowledge
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    • That means that the filing system in their brains is stored with memories that indicate that even seemingly benign situations can carry some hidden threat.


in store

  • 1In a safe place while not being used or displayed: items held in store
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    • I am reliably informed however that numerous interesting items from this period are held in store by the museum.
  • 2Coming in the future; about to happen: he did not yet know what lay in store for him
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    • For weeks they sweated over their decision, wondering what lay in store for them.
    • But when we booked the holiday, little did we know what lay in store for us once we arrived.
    • He signed a five-year contract last summer but admits he has been left wondering what the future has in store.

set (or lay or put) store by (or on)

Consider to be of a particular degree of importance or value: many people set much store by privacy
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  • They may, for instance, have spent their college years as an Eros lover, passionate and quick to get involved, setting store on physical attraction and sexual satisfaction.
  • In today's world of liberalisation and cut-throat competition, everyone sets store by cost effectiveness even in the field of arts.
  • Coaches have begun to set store by saving runs rather than just scoring them.
value, attach great importance to, put a high value on, put a premium on; think highly of, hold in (high) regard, have a high opinion of, admire, appreciate, respect, prize, esteem
informal rate


store something up

Create problems for the future by failing to address a particular situation adequately at the time: they’re storing up trouble by denying opportunities to younger players
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  • There is little doubt many of us are storing up problems in our finances for our later years.
  • What's happening today is storing up major problems for the future.
  • In many ways the territorial settlement which Versailles established stored up problems for the future, not least in its reshaping of Germany.



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  • By turning grain into spirits, the grain would not be wasted; instead, it was transformed into a storable product that could be transported.
  • Because gray squirrels are highly sensitive to the perishability of acorns it was critical to design artificial seeds that were recognized by the animals as potentially storable items.
  • At that time, temperatures are still relatively mild and there is a rich supply of storable food, such as seeds and nuts.


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  • To the right of the vegetable storer, is a silver upright griller, and a new, white, 4 piece toaster, still in its box.
  • I have no evidence that the storage rate for the sailboat is excessive, such as evidence from other storers of lower competitive rates or of a regulated range of rates.
  • In the 1990s, one commentator presented the idea that archives should move from being a storer of information to a presenter of older information.


Middle English: shortening of Old French estore (noun), estorer (verb), from Latin instaurare 'renew'; compare with restore.

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