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Definition of store noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a building or part of a building where things are bought or sold a health food store a liquor store a big department store Topic CollocationsShoppinggoing shopping go/go out/be out shopping go to a store/the mall/a shopping center do the grocery shopping/a bit of window-shopping (informal) hit/hang out at the mall try on clothes/shoes (informal) indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/cut back on/reduce your spending be/get caught shoplifting donate something to/take something to/find something in a thrift store buy/sell/find something at a garage sale/a yard sale/a flea market find/get/pick up a bargainat the store load/push/wheel a (grocery) cart stand in/wait in the checkout line stand in line at the checkout/the register bag (your) groceries stock/restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/appear on supermarket/store shelves be in/have in/be out of/run out of stock deal with/help/serve customers run a special promotion be on sale/clearancebuying goods make/complete a purchase order/buy/purchase something online/by mail order place/take an order for something buy/order something in bulk/in advance accept/take credit cards pay (in) cash/by (credit/debit) card/with a gift certificate/by check enter your PIN (= personal identification number) ask for/get/obtain a receipt return/exchange an item/a product be entitled to/ask for/demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/receive a 30% discount clip/save/use/print coupons see also chain store, convenience store, general store, package store, variety store
  2. 2[countable] a quantity or supply of something that you have and use her secret store of chocolate a vast store of knowledge
  3. 3[plural] stores goods of a particular kind or for a particular purpose medical stores
  4. 4[countable] stores a place where goods of a particular kind are kept a grain store weapons stores
  5. Idioms
    in store (for somebody)
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    waiting to happen to someone We don't know what life holds in store for us. If she had known what lay in store for her, she would never have agreed to go. They think it'll be easy but they have a surprise in store.
    mind the store
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    to be in charge of something for a short time while someone is away Who's minding the store while the boss is abroad?
    set/put (great, etc.) store by something
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    to consider something to be important She sets great store by her appearance. It is unwise to put too much store by these statistics.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: store