- 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, stor·ing.
- 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, stor·ing.
- 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.
- (tr) to keep, set aside, or accumulate for future use
- (tr) to place in a warehouse, depository, etc, for safekeeping
- (tr) to supply, provide, or stock
- (intr) to be put into storage
- computing to enter or retain (information) in a storage device
- an establishment for the retail sale of goods and services
- (in combination)storefront
- a large supply or stock kept for future use
- (as modifier)store ship
- short for department store
- a storage place such as a warehouse or depository
- (in combination)storeman
- the state of being stored (esp in the phrase in store)
- a large amount or quantity
- computing, mainly British another name for memory (def. 7)
- Also called: store pig a pig that has not yet been weaned and weighs less than 40 kg
- an animal bought lean to be fattened up for market
- (as modifier)store cattle
- in store forthcoming or imminent
- lay store by, put store by or set store by to value or reckon as important
mid-13c., “to supply or stock,” from Old French estorer “erect, furnish, store,” from Latin instaurare “restore,” from in- “in” + -staurare, from a noun cognate with Greek stauros “pole, stake” (see steer (v.)). The meaning “to keep in store for future use” (1550s) probably is a back-formation from store (n.).
c.1300, “that with which a household, camp, etc. is stored,” from store (v.). Sense of “sufficient supply (of anything)” is attested from late 15c. The meaning “place where goods are kept for sale” is first recorded 1721 in American English (British prefers shop). Stores “articles and equipment for an army” is from 1630s. In store “laid up for future use” (also of events, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Store-bought is attested from 1952, American English; earlier store-boughten (1883).
In readiness, in preparation for future use, as in I’m keeping several videos in store for your visit. Edmund Spenser used this idiom in The Faerie Queene (1590): “Then for her son . . . In her own hand the crown she kept in store.” [1300s]
in store for. Forthcoming for, awaiting, as in There’s trouble in store for you. [Mid-1600s]
see in store; mind the store; set store by; variety store.