[stawr, stohr]
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,
in readiness or reserve.
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.

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

storer, noun
overstore, verb, overstored, overstoring.
substore, noun
well-stored, adjective

9. amass, save, husband; hoard, stockpile. Unabridged
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store (stɔː)
1.  (tr) to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use
2.  (tr) to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping
3.  (tr) to supply, provide, or stock
4.  (intr) to be put into storage
5.  computing to enter or retain (information) in a storage device
6.  a.  an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
 b.  (in combination): storefront
7.  a.  a large supply or stock kept for future use
 b.  (as modifier): store ship
8.  short for department store
9.  a.  a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
 b.  (in combination): storeman
10.  the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store)
11.  a large amount or quantity
12.  chiefly (Brit) computing another name for memory
13.  Also called: store pig a pig that has not yet been weaned and weighs less than 40 kg
14.  a.  an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
 b.  (as modifier): store cattle
15.  in store forthcoming or imminent
16.  lay store by, put store by, set store by to value or reckon as important
[C13: from Old French estor, from estorer to restore, from Latin instaurāre to refresh; related to Greek stauros stake]

stores (stɔːz)
pl n
1.  a supply or stock of something, esp essentials, for a specific purpose: the ship's stores
2.  munitions slung externally on a military aircraft airframe

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Word Origin & History

1264, "to supply or stock," from O.Fr. estorer "erect, furnish, store," from L. instaurare "restore," from in- "in" + -staurare, from a noun cognate with Gk. stauros "pole, stake" (see steer (v.)). The meaning "to keep in store for future use" (1552) probably is a back-formation
from store (n.). Storage is from 1612.

c.1300, "that with which a household, camp, etc. is stored," from store (v.). Sense of "sufficient supply (of anything)" is attested from 1471. The meaning "place where goods are kept for sale" is first recorded 1721 in Amer.Eng. (British prefers shop). Stores "articles and
equipment for an army" is from 1636. Storefront first attested 1880. In store "laid up for future use" (also of events, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Store-bought is attested from 1952, Amer.Eng.; earlier store-boughten (1883).
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Example sentences for stores
Ground tissue manufactures nutrients by photosynthesis and stores reserve
People started looting stores and warehouses in order to get supplies, mainly
It causes the body to release its stores of fat and cholesterol into the blood.
People buy it chilled at grocery or convenience stores or similar retail
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