store ( stores plural & 3rd person present) ( storing present participle) ( stored past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A store is a building or part of a building where things are sold. In British English, store is used mainly to refer to a large shop selling a variety of goods, but in American English a store can be any size of shop.
...grocery stores., ...a record store.
2 verb When you store things, you put them in a container or other place and leave them there until they are needed.
Store the cookies in an airtight tin... V n prep/adv
Some types of garden furniture must be stored inside in the winter. V n prep/adv
Store away means the same as store., phrasal verb
He simply stored the tapes away... V n P
He's stored away nearly one ton of potatoes. V P n (not pron)
3 verb When you store information, you keep it in your memory, in a file, or in a computer.
Where in the brain do we store information about colours? V n
...chips for storing data in electronic equipment. V n
4 n-count A storeof things is a supply of them that you keep somewhere until you need them.
usu N of n
I handed over my secret store of chocolate biscuits...
5 n-count A store is a place where things are kept while they are not being used.
usu with supp
...a decision taken in 1982 to build a store for spent fuel from submarines., ...a grain store.
6 n-count If you have a storeof knowledge, jokes, or stories, you have a large amount of them ready to be used.
usu N of n
He possessed a vast store of knowledge...
8 If something is in storefor you, it is going to happen at some time in the future.
in store phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR, usu PHR for n
There were also surprises in store for me..., Who knows what lies in store for the President?
9 If you set great store by something, you think that it is extremely important or necessary. FORMAL
set great store by sth phrase V inflects, PHR n ...a retail group which sets great store by traditional values. store away →
store 2 store up phrasal verb If you store something up, you keep it until you think that the time is right to use it. Investors were storing up a lot of cash in anticipation of disaster... V P n (not pron)
chain store ( chain stores plural ) , chain-store A chain store is one of several similar shops that are owned by the same person or company, especially one that sells a variety of things. n-count
cold store ( cold stores plural ) A cold store is a building or room which is artificially cooled so that food can be preserved in it.
convenience store ( convenience stores plural ) A convenience store is a shop which sells mainly food and which is usually open until late at night. n-count
corner store ( corner stores plural ) A corner store is the same as a corner shop.
department store ( department stores plural ) A department store is a large shop which sells many different kinds of goods. n-count
hardware store ( hardware stores plural ) A hardware store is a shop where articles for the house and garden such as tools, nails, and pans are sold. n-count
in-store , instore
In-store facilities are facilities that are available within a department store, supermarket or other large shop. adj usu ADJ n
...in-store banking., ...an instore bakery.
In-store is also an adverb., adv ADV after v
Ask in-store for details.
liquor store ( liquor stores plural ) A liquor store is a store which sells beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks.
in BRIT, use off-licence
store detective ( store detectives plural ) A store detective is someone who is employed by a shop to walk around the shop looking for people who are secretly stealing goods. n-count