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Definition of shop verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    shop

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shop
    BrE BrE//ʃɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːp//
     
    he / she / it shops
    BrE BrE//ʃɒps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːps//
     
    past simple shopped
    BrE BrE//ʃɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːpt//
     
    past participle shopped
    BrE BrE//ʃɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːpt//
     
    -ing form shopping
    BrE BrE//ˈʃɒpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] shop (for something) to buy things in shops/stores to shop for food He likes to shop at the local market. She was determined to go out and shop till she dropped. We tend to go into Edinburgh to shop for clothes.
  2. 2  go shopping [intransitive] to spend time going to shops/stores and looking for things to buy There should be plenty of time to go shopping before we leave New York. ‘Where's Mum?’ ‘She went shopping.’
  3. tell police about somebody
  4. 3[transitive] shop somebody (to somebody) (British English, informal) to give information to somebody, especially to the police, about somebody who has committed a crime He didn't expect his own mother to shop him to the police.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French eschoppe ‘lean-to booth’, of West Germanic origin; related to German Schopf ‘porch’ and English dialect shippon ‘cattle shed’. The verb is first recorded (mid 16th cent.) in the sense ‘imprison’ (from an obsolete slang use of the noun for ‘prison’), which led to sense (3). Phrasal Verbsshop around (for something)
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