Meaning of STORE in English


I. store 1 S1 W1 /stɔː $ stɔːr/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

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. ⇨ shop :

At Christmas the stores stay open late.

shoe/clothing/grocery etc store American English (=one that sells one type of goods)

She worked in a grocery store before going to college.

go to the store American English (=go to a store that sells food)

I need to go to the store for some milk.

⇨ ↑ chain store , ↑ department store , ↑ general store

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)

3 . PLACE TO KEEP THINGS a large building in which goods are kept so they can be used or sold later:

a grain store

4 . in store (for somebody) 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 something to consider something to be important:

Patrick has never set much store by material things.

II. store 2 S3 W3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: 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 something 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.

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▪ keep to leave something in one particular place so that you can find it easily:

Where do you keep the scissors?


The keys are kept in my office.

▪ store to put things away and keep them until you need them:

Villagers have begun storing wood for the winter.

▪ save to keep something so that you can use or enjoy it in the future:

He had been saving the bottle of champagne for a special occasion.


We can save the rest of the pie for later.

▪ file to store papers or information in a particular order or a particular place:

All the contracts are filed alphabetically.

▪ collect to get and keep objects of the same type because you think they are attractive or interesting:

Kate collects old postcards.

▪ hold to keep something to be used when it is needed, especially something that many different people may need to use:

Medical records are now usually held on computers.

▪ reserve formal to keep part of something for use at a later time during a process such as cooking:

Reserve some of the chocolate so that you can use it for decorating the cake.

▪ hoard to keep large amounts of food, money etc because you think you may not be able to get them in the future – used when you do not approve of people doing this because it is not necessary or not fair to other people:

People have been hoarding food and fuel in case there is another attack.


Rationing of basic food products was introduced to prevent hoarding.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.