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[stawr, stohr] /stɔr, stoʊr/
an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.
a grocery:
We need bread and milk from the store.
a stall, room, floor, or building housing or suitable for housing a retail business.
a supply or stock of something, especially one for future use.
stores, supplies of food, clothing, or other requisites, as for a household, inn, or naval or military forces.
Chiefly British. a storehouse or warehouse.
quantity, especially great quantity; abundance, or plenty:
a rich store of grain.
verb (used with object), stored, storing.
to supply or stock with something, as for future use.
to accumulate or put away, for future use (usually followed by up or away).
to deposit in a storehouse, warehouse, or other place for keeping.
Computers. to put or retain (data) in a memory unit.
verb (used without object), stored, storing.
to take in or hold supplies, goods, or articles, as for future use.
to remain fresh and usable for considerable time on being stored:
Flour stores well.
bought from a store; commercial:
a loaf of store bread.
in store,
  1. in readiness or reserve.
  2. about to happen; imminent:
    There is a great deal of trouble in store for them if they persist in their ways.
set / lay store by, to have high regard for; value; esteem:
She sets great store by good character.
Origin of store
1225-75; (v.) Middle English storen, aphetic variant of astoren < Old French estorer < Latin instaurāre to set up, renew, equivalent to in- in-2 + staur- (akin to Greek staurós across and to steer1) + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English, aphetic variant of astore < Old French estore, derivative of estorer
Related forms
storer, noun
overstore, verb, overstored, overstoring.
substore, noun
well-stored, adjective
9. amass, save, husband; hoard, stockpile. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for store
  • Now he was moving to work as a clerk in his father's leather-goods store.
  • The stainless steel rolling table is from a restaurant supply store.
  • For starters, this place has a posh, minimalist interior that resembles a jewelry store-and it's got the prices to match.
  • Cork the bottles immediately and store them in a dry, cool place.
  • Seal and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
  • And once flipped it tends to stay flipped, so those flips can be used to store data as well as manipulate them.
  • They gave a futon a burst of color with fabric and pillows from an import store.
  • But the guys at the hardware store were surprised at the plan to paint red.
  • Inspiration often seems to pop up unpredictably-in the shower, on a long walk or even at the grocery store.
  • store everything in your car or in a bear box if the campground offers one.
British Dictionary definitions for store


(transitive) to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use
(transitive) to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping
(transitive) to supply, provide, or stock
(intransitive) to be put into storage
(computing) to enter or retain (information) in a storage device
  1. an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
  2. (in combination): storefront
  1. a large supply or stock kept for future use
  2. (as modifier): store ship
short for department store
  1. a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
  2. (in combination): storeman
the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store)
a large amount or quantity
(computing, mainly Brit) another name for memory (sense 7)
Also called store pig. a pig that has not yet been weaned and weighs less than 40 kg
  1. an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
  2. (as modifier): store cattle
in store, forthcoming or imminent
lay store by, put store by, set store by, to value or reckon as important
See also stores
Derived Forms
storable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estor, from estorer to restore, from Latin instaurāre to refresh; related to Greek stauros stake
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Word Origin and History for store

mid-13c., "to supply or stock," from Old French estorer "erect, furnish, store," from Latin instaurare "restore," from in- "in" + -staurare, from a noun cognate with Greek stauros "pole, stake" (see steer (v.)). The meaning "to keep in store for future use" (1550s) probably is a back-formation from store (n.).


c.1300, "that with which a household, camp, etc. is stored," from store (v.). Sense of "sufficient supply (of anything)" is attested from late 15c. The meaning "place where goods are kept for sale" is first recorded 1721 in American English (British prefers shop). Stores "articles and equipment for an army" is from 1630s. In store "laid up for future use" (also of events, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Store-bought is attested from 1952, American English; earlier store-boughten (1883).

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Slang definitions & phrases for store


  1. An easy victim; dupe; mark, patsy
  2. An ordinary person; guy, joe (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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store in Technology

In some varieties of Commonwealth hackish, the preferred synonym for core. Thus, "bringing a program into store" means that a program is being swapped in from backing store to main store.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with store
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