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Meaning of store by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from Old French, from Latin instaurare


    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )


    store ( plural: stores )

    1. A place where items may be accumulated or routinely kept .
      This building used to be a store for old tires .
    2. A supply held in storage.
    3. ( mainly North American ) A place where items may be purchased .
      I need to get some milk from the grocery store .
    4. ( computing, archaic ) Memory .
      The main store of 1000 36-bit words seemed large at the time .


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    store ( third-person singular simple present stores present participle storing, simple past and past participle stored )

    1. ( transitive ) To keep ( something ) while not in use, generally in a place meant for that purpose .
      I'll store these books in the attic .
    2. ( transitive, computing ) Write ( something ) into memory or registers .
      This operation stores the result on the stack .
    3. ( intransitive ) To remain in good condition while stored .
      I don't think that kind of cheese will store well in the refrigerator .

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    See also

    • Store on Wikipedia .
    • wikisource-logo.svg store in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .


Explanation of store by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. keep or lay aside for future use

    2. store grain for the winter
      The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat
    3. find a place for and put away for storage

    4. I couldn't store all the books in the attic so I sold some
    1. an electronic memory device

    2. a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services

    3. a depository for goods

    4. storehouses were built close to the docks
    5. a supply of something available for future use

    6. he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars

    Definition of store by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Store n. [OE. stor, stoor, OF. estor, provisions, supplies, fr. estorer to store. See Store, v. t.]
      1. That which is accumulated, or massed together; a source from which supplies may be drawn; hence, an abundance; a great quantity, or a great number.

      The ships are fraught with store of victuals. Bacon.

      With store of ladies, whose bright eyes

      Rain influence, and give the prize. Milton.

      2. A place of deposit for goods, esp. for large quantities; a storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine.

      3. Any place where goods are sold, whether by wholesale or retail; a shop. [U.S. & British Colonies]

      4. pl. Articles, especially of food, accumulated for some specific object; supplies, as of provisions, arms, ammunition, and the like; as, “the stores of an army, of a ship, of a family”.

      His swine, his horse, his stoor, and his poultry. Chaucer.

      In store, in a state of accumulation; in keeping; hence, in a state of readiness. “I have better news in store for thee.” Shak. -- Store clothes, clothing purchased at a shop or store; -- in distinction from that which is home-made. [Colloq. U.S.] -- Store pay, payment for goods or work in articles from a shop or store, instead of money. [U.S.] -- To set store by, to value greatly; to have a high appreciation of. -- To tell no store of, to make no account of; to consider of no importance.

      Syn. -- Fund; supply; abundance; plenty; accumulation; provision. -- Store, Shop. The English call the place where goods are sold ( however large or splendid it may be ) a shop, and confine the word store to its original meaning; viz., a warehouse, or place where goods are stored. In America the word store is applied to all places, except the smallest, where goods are sold. In some British colonies the word store is used as in the United States.

      In his needy shop a tortoise hung,

      An alligator stuffed, and other skins

      Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves

      A beggarly account of empty boxes. Shak.

      Sulphurous and nitrous foam, . . .

      Concocted and adjusted, they reduced

      To blackest grain, and into store conveyed. Milton.

    2. Store, a. Accumulated; hoarded. Bacon.

    3. Store v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Storing.] [OE. storen, OF. estorer to construct, restore, store, LL. staurare, for L. instaurare to renew, restore; in + staurare ( in comp. ) Cf. Instore, Instaurate, Restore, Story a floor.]
      1. To collect as a reserved supply; to accumulate; to lay away.

      Dora stored what little she could save. Tennyson.

      2. To furnish; to supply; to replenish; esp., to stock or furnish against a future time.

      Her mind with thousand virtues stored. Prior.

      Wise Plato said the world with men was stored. Denham.

      Having stored a pond of four acres with carps, tench, and other fish. Sir M. Hale.

      3. To deposit in a store, warehouse, or other building, for preservation; to warehouse; as, “to store goods”.