store1 W1S1 [sto: US sto:r] n
3¦(place to keep things)¦
4 in store (for somebody)
6 set great/considerable etc store by something
1.) ¦(SHOP)¦
a place where goods are sold to the public. In British English, a store is large and sells many different things, but in American English, a store can be large or small, and sell many things or only one type of thing
At Christmas the stores stay open late.
shoe/clothing/grocery etc store
AmE (=one that sells one type of goods)
She worked in a bookstore during college.
go to the store
AmE (=go to a store that sells food)
I need to go to the store for some milk.
→↑chain store, department store, general storesee usage noteshop1
2.) ¦(SUPPLY)¦
a supply of something that you keep to use later
store of
a store of wood
fat stores in the body (=that your body keeps)
a large building in which goods are kept so they can be used or sold later
a grain store
4.) in store (for sb)
if something unexpected such as a surprise or problem is in store for someone, it is about to happen to them
There's a real treat in store for you this Christmas!
As we left, I wondered what the future held in store .
5.) ¦(MILITARY)¦
stores [plural]
a) supplies of food and equipment that are used by an army, navy etc
medical stores
b) the building or room in an army camp, ship etc where these are kept
6.) set great/considerable etc store by sth
to consider something to be important
Patrick has never set much store by material things.
store 2
store2 W3S3 v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: estorer 'to build, supply, store', from Latin instaurare 'to make new, restore']
1.) to put things away and keep them until you need them
store sth away/up
Squirrels are storing up nuts for the winter.
Store the beans in an airtight jar.
2.) to keep facts or information in your brain or a computer
Standard letters can be stored on floppy discs.
3.) store up trouble/problems etc
to behave in a way that will cause trouble for you later
Smokers may be storing up disease for their unborn children.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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