Definition of store in English:



  • 1A quantity or supply of something kept for use as needed:

    ‘the squirrel has a store of food’
    figurative ‘her vast store of knowledge’
    • ‘Over the longer term the dollar's biggest failure has been as a store of value.’
    • ‘Here, the dollar is ubiquitous as a store of value, a measure of wealth and a pricing mechanism.’
    • ‘Mathematics became for me, not a store of past knowledge, but creative activity of the highest form, directed towards the future.’
    • ‘I wonder how many homes have a store of plastic bags, also to be seen floating about in the trees and spoiling the landscape.’
    • ‘As a store of pure wisdom, the book is by common agreement unequaled.’
    • ‘Memorates and personal narratives are something else, however, and she has a store of such narratives.’
    • ‘They also had a store of flint which they were able to make fires with.’
    • ‘It is the principle of being a medium of exchange and only because of this that secondary functions come into being, such as the role of money as a store of value.’
    • ‘There is also strong demand for gold bars as a store of value.’
    • ‘He and his wife laid nets in the lake then to get a store of fish in for the freezer; it was one of the ways they marked the end of winter, and the thaw.’
    • ‘The old fashioned gold standard was that money is a store of wealth not a generator of wealth.’
    • ‘Kerr is fortunate to have such a store of commitment at hand.’
    • ‘Most of us carry a store of memories and hopes of beach life, from rock pools and sandcastles to romantic encounters walking along the silver sands on a desert island.’
    • ‘A store of timber in Oldham also was available to the local population for building.’
    • ‘Having a good sense of humour doesn't mean you have to have a store of jokes or tell them perfectly.’
    • ‘During these five years, the child builds up a store of knowledge about the environment, masters motor skills, and learns to look after itself.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to have a store of colostrum in the freezer for back up.’
    • ‘Money, as a store of value, was an early facilitator of savings and one of the great inventions of mankind.’
    • ‘Fittingly, this book provides a store of fascinating insights for those who love him, and a supply of brickbats for those who don't.’
    • ‘By being people that others respect and admire, we build up a store of power we can use for projects of our own.’
    supplies, provisions, stocks, rations, food, foodstuffs
    supply, stock, stockpile, reserve, cache, hoard, accumulation, cumulation, quantity, pile, heap, load
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    1. 1.1 A place where things are kept for future use or sale:
      ‘a grain store’
      • ‘The sale includes a shop with floor space of 216 square metres and a store of 12 square metres.’
      • ‘The service says that there are 384 000 tons in the licensed public stores, grain depositories and the mills.’
      • ‘As Ray opened the door to a store of some sort, Rhea saw all of the weapons and armors.’
      storeroom, storehouse, warehouse, repository, depository, entrepôt
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    2. 1.2stores Supplies of equipment and food kept for use by members of an army, navy, or other institution, or the place where they are kept:
      ‘cupboards for medical stores’
      ‘he keeps the ship's stores’
      ‘crates started arriving at the quartermaster's stores’
      • ‘Spotters were used to transport munitions and stores from storage areas to the flightline when equipment could not be pre-positioned prior to sunset.’
      • ‘He made a cursory inspection of food stores and water supplies.’
      • ‘Without them, ammunition, stores, food, and fuel, would not reach the fighting troops.’
      • ‘After briefings and an exchange of stores, both ships continued their respective courses with a wave and a toot goodbye.’
      • ‘The four went to Townsville to load vehicles, stores and equipment.’
      • ‘The ship carries provisions and stores for battalion transportation for more than ten days.’
      • ‘Large ships have several ship stores and hundreds of vending machines that are heavily used.’
      • ‘Since building materials had to be shipped to Wewak, the procurement of stores in country proved a major challenge.’
      • ‘The supply of stores to the ship, which required a detailed and lengthy programme, is now well under way.’
      • ‘On the ship, Debbie was in charge of issuing medical stores, and at home she does a similar job for a chemist.’
      • ‘Alec landed at Anzac Cove in early November, 1915 and assisted in carrying ammunition, stores and water to the trenches.’
      • ‘For Sgt Nathan Walsh, this means stores and equipment from Australia have arrived.’
      • ‘The corvette carries water, stores and fuel for an endurance of 14 days.’
      • ‘Their main role was to co-ordinate the shipment of American troops, military equipment and stores through the port.’
      • ‘Arrangements were made to transfer 150 tonnes of stores to the ship as she transited just north of Darwin.’
      • ‘We relocate Army stores (we call them SSAs-supply support activities) as a matter of routine.’
      • ‘As soldiers waited for equipment from the stores, the corporal took the spare store key and unlocked the door, finding the storeman's body hanging inside.’
      • ‘She had visited ten different ports, issued 33,000 tonnes of diesel and aviation fuel and 2,400 tonnes of solid stores and food.’
      • ‘Flagship HMS Ark Royal sailed on Saturday, and headed for Scotland to take on stores and ammunition before she sails south again.’
      • ‘The general revealed that the US commandos came across stores of rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition and destroyed them.’
      provisions, stores, stocks, rations, food, food and drink, foodstuffs, eatables, subsistence, produce, necessities
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    3. 1.3British A computer memory.
      memory bank, cache, disk, ram, rom
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  • 2North American A shop of any size or kind:

    ‘a health-food store’
    • ‘Online stores have plus sizes in swimwear from designers that would cost you a fortune at a regular store.’
    • ‘There are so many new choices in the aisles of health-food stores and even traditional supermarkets that it can be daunting.’
    • ‘It would help if you had clothes you felt good in, and indeed there are cool clothes available in your size at many stores and online.’
    • ‘With other grocery stores and major supermarket chains seemingly popping up on every corner, the competition is fierce.’
    • ‘You'll find most of these varieties at the grocery store or a gourmet shop.’
    • ‘Having worked at both franchised and corporate stores back in my youth, I can tell you that there are two different cultures at work.’
    • ‘You can get hold of these products from most chemists, health food stores or specialist sports shops.’
    • ‘The first block to be completed houses a grocery store on the ground floor.’
    • ‘They can be found in nurseries, garden centers, grocery stores, and floral shops in early spring.’
    • ‘Cinnamon sticks are found at grocery and health-food stores and, often during Christmas, at country gift shops.’
    • ‘Start with several prefabricated frames - available from art stores - sized to fit the width of the bed.’
    • ‘The franchising business is different than the business of operating stores.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, health-food stores and organic farming were virtually synonymous with the vegetarian diet.’
    • ‘Sports drinks are easy enough to find, having made their way from health-food and sporting-goods stores to the corner grocery.’
    • ‘We have partnered with hair salons, health food stores, restaurants, flower shops, sports stores and other related businesses.’
    • ‘The small size of his store makes it impossible for him to stock all the titles.’
    • ‘Keep an eye out for interesting old clothes items and accessories around the house, on discount racks, and at dollar stores or thrift shops.’
    • ‘More than 670 galleries, retail stores and museum shops were nominated.’
    • ‘These are available in a wide variety of colors and fonts at office supply stores or model shops.’
    • ‘The store is about 17 times the size of our store for starters, and it's laid out so much better.’
    business, place of business, premises, firm, company, concern, enterprise, venture, organization, operation, undertaking, industry
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    1. 2.1British A large shop selling different types of goods:
      [with modifier] ‘DIY stores’
      [as modifier] ‘a store manager’
      • ‘Christmas has come early for thousands of shoppers, with stores launching early sales in a bid to beat off a predicted slump.’
      • ‘Most stores will start their sales after Christmas.’
      • ‘As 700 shopworkers at its 65 nationwide stores faced an uncertain future, it emerged that the boardroom divisions have been bubbling under for months.’
      • ‘And, after weeks of sluggish sales, DIY stores are slashing prices to attract customers.’
      • ‘They were told there was no British bacon on offer nor, as far as the sales girl knew, was there any British meat for sale in the store.’
      • ‘Whilst walking through town I heard the sound of a bell, and came across a colourful personality who was announcing a sale at a local store.’
      • ‘The store sells bargain clothes, toys and household goods but has come under increasing pressure from competitors in the discount market.’
      • ‘Staff immediately began putting up sales notices in the store.’
      • ‘The catalogue store claims sales of over £2 billion annually but does not publish its Irish revenues.’
      • ‘The store will secure the futures of 350 existing workers as well as creating an additional 150 new jobs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More than 2,000 jobs were saved across the UK when rival retailers moved in to buy 24 of the 45 stores being sold.’
      • ‘By chance, the following afternoon, I came across some aconites among the potted plants on sale in a DIY store.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of his investors hadn't even seen one of his stores, but the sales performance was consistent so they loved them nonetheless.’
      • ‘Retailers often experiment by charging different prices at different stores to build up some kind of picture about the relationship between price and volume.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for the company said the future of the store was uncertain at the moment even though planning consent had already been given for it.’
      • ‘He is a store manager at a well-known women's clothing shop.’
      • ‘Be sharp-of-eye when you are purchasing during sales as some sneaky stores put rails of non-reduced items right next to a rail of rock-bottom priced things.’
      • ‘DIY stores enjoyed bumper sales in June, as people rushed to improve their gardens in the anticipation of a few barbecues while the hot weather lasted.’
      shop, retail outlet, reseller, department store, chain store, emporium
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    2. 2.2British A shop selling basic necessities:
      ‘a well-stocked village store’
  • 3A sheep, steer, cow, or pig acquired or kept for fattening.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1 Keep or accumulate (something) for future use:

    ‘a small room used for storing furniture’
    • ‘I could remove all the CDs and tapes from my living room and store them away for good.’
    • ‘Food that needs to be kept fresh can be stored in containers too, meaning less plastic wrap or foil is needed.’
    • ‘A yellow cradle for storing the digital pen is cleverly built into the upper-right corner of the keyboard.’
    • ‘In some of those rooms the bank stored old records but many of the offices were as the occupants had left them.’
    • ‘When stored under ideal conditions, okra seed will remain viable for about five years.’
    • ‘If using seeds, take care that they are fresh or have been stored carefully in a cool place.’
    • ‘The grant was used to purchase a new examination light for the Children's Ward treatment room, plus a new fridge to store vaccinations.’
    • ‘There is another memento she keeps safely stored away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gareth took note and he took to a search for a suitable island to store his accumulated loot.’
    • ‘High-end mp3 players have monster hard disks up to 60GB in size for storing your entire CD collection.’
    • ‘Most states took advantage of the boom times to create rainy day funds, storing away the extra cash.’
    • ‘Other researchers discovered that garlic stores selenium in a form that appears to be most active against cancer.’
    • ‘Clay pots that you'd like to save from cracking and chipping should also be stored where they can remain dry.’
    • ‘Fresh calcium carbonate growth solutions were prepared each day and stored in sealed containers.’
    • ‘Whole papaya will stay fresh for a week when stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.’
    • ‘Some knick-knacks here and there had been safely stored away in my closet at home.’
    • ‘Psychics say storing things causes corresponding accumulations in our bodies - a horrifying thought for hoarders.’
    • ‘Are you obsessive-compulsive about storing DVDs and CDs?’
    • ‘Vials stored at room temperature remained infectious for fewer than two days.’
    put into storage, put in store, put away
    keep, keep in reserve, stow, stockpile, lay aside, lay in, set aside, put away, put down, put to one side, deposit, save, hoard, cache
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    1. 1.1 Retain or enter (information) for future electronic retrieval:
      ‘the data is stored on disk’
      • ‘If the session-saving feature is enabled, the results may also be stored on the server.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition to the 90 names and numbers that can be stored on a SIM card, there is space for 500 names in the phonebook.’
      • ‘Although a real-time link to ground exists, most of the data needs to be stored on hard disk.’
      • ‘The most important change is to the file system - the way information is stored on the PC.’
      • ‘The client software can then be used to keep the information on the handset synchronized with the information stored on the server.’
      • ‘Confidential information should only be stored on computers in a locked room.’
      • ‘This information was automatically stored on his hard drive.’
      • ‘Interested readers can find much information stored on microfilm in Bolton Central Library Archives.’
      • ‘In effect, the smaller the magnetic grain, the smaller the bit, the more data that can be stored on a disk.’
      • ‘Software will be loaded on a DVD drive and stored on the hard disk, Brown said.’
      • ‘Persistent cookies have an expiration date and are stored on a user's hard disk until that date.’
      • ‘Computer forensics deals with any and all evidence that is stored on a computer.’
      • ‘In a digital system, there can be days or even weeks of information stored on a hard drive within the unit itself.’
      • ‘As all personal information is stored on the network and not on a device, it is seen as offering a robust security option.’
      • ‘His details were stored on a database and then six months ago, Charlie was contacted by the trust for further tests.’
      • ‘In essence, our whole business is to acquire information that is stored on computers.’
      • ‘He likened this notion of background knowledge to information stored on the hard disc of a computer.’
      • ‘Information is stored on the card and updated every time it is used in a transaction.’
      • ‘In these solutions, confidential information is stored on a secure Web server.’
    2. 1.2be stored with Have a supply of (something useful):
      ‘a mind well stored with esoteric knowledge’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘I am now 60 and I have to start thinking about whatever the future has in store for me.’
      • ‘But when we booked the holiday, little did we know what lay in store for us once we arrived.’
      • ‘We'll just have to see what kind of surprises life has in store for me the next couple of months.’
      • ‘He signed a five-year contract last summer but admits he has been left wondering what the future has in store.’
      • ‘For weeks they sweated over their decision, wondering what lay in store for them.’
      • ‘The forum will give people the opportunity to find out more about what could be in store for the future.’
      • ‘She used to cry for you, child, because she knew what the future had in store for you.’
      • ‘Having played four times already this season, there were few surprises in store for either team.’
      • ‘On stage there was yet another pleasant surprise in store for the audience.’
      • ‘What that future holds in store for our planet is up to all of us, reasoning together.’
  • 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’
      • ‘They set store by groundwork and say there is no shortcut to success.’
      • ‘It is a form that sets store by its use of the demotic, its willingness to locate the sources of poetry defiantly far from the spring on Mount Helicon sacred to the muses.’
      • ‘Coaches have begun to set store by saving runs rather than just scoring them.’
      • ‘We do set store by harmonisation with our European colleagues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was the marble-topped chiffonier - their mother had set store by it, they could not remember why.’
      value, attach great importance to, put a high value on, put a premium on
      think highly of, hold in regard, hold in high regard, have a high opinion of, admire, appreciate, respect, prize, esteem
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Phrasal Verbs

  • 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’
      • ‘There is little doubt many of us are storing up problems in our finances for our later years.’
      • ‘Such action will simply store up fiery resentment which will eventually manifest itself in ever more dangerous ways.’
      • ‘Total freedom today would just be a way of running down accumulated social capital and storing up problems for the future.’
      • ‘The internationalisation of Iraq's local conflicts threatens to divide Iraqis further and store up conflict for the future, rather than herald anything like a new era of freedom.’
      • ‘As well as inflicting misery on too many victims now, what kind of problems are we storing up for the future? "’
      • ‘What's happening today is storing up major problems for the future.’
      • ‘Others feel the entire technology will store up problems for human health in the future.’
      • ‘Gordon Brown is storing up a lot of trouble over public sector pay.’
      • ‘Tonight, though, I think bad things may be stored up for the near future.’
      • ‘In many ways the territorial settlement which Versailles established stored up problems for the future, not least in its reshaping of Germany.’


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