Definition of shopping noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɒpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːpɪŋ//
    [uncountable] Online shopping, Hobbies, Shopping in stores
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  1. 1  the activity of going to shops/stores and buying things to go shopping (British English) When shall I do the shopping? (British English) We do our shopping on Saturdays. a shopping basket a shopping trolley (North American English) a shopping cart see also window-shopping See related entries: Online shopping, Hobbies, Shopping in stores
  2. 2  (especially British English) the things that you have bought from shops/stores to put the shopping in the car CollocationsShoppingShopping go/​go out/​be out shopping go to (especially British English) the shops/(especially North American English) a store/(especially North American English) the mall do (British English) the shopping/(especially North American English) the grocery shopping/​a bit of window-shopping (North American English, informal) hit/​hang out at the mall try on clothes/​shoes 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 (British English) a charity shop/(North American English) a thrift store buy/​sell/​find something at (British English) a car boot sale/(British English) a jumble sale/​a garage sale/(North American English) a yard sale find/​get/​pick up a bargainAt the shop/​store load/​push/​wheel (British English) a trolley/(North American English) a cart stand in/​wait in (British English) the checkout queue/(North American English) the checkout line (North American English) stand in line/ (British English) queue at the checkout bag (especially North American English) (your) groceries pack (away) (especially British English) your shopping stack/​stock/​restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/​appear on supermarket/​shop/​store shelves be in/​have in/​be out of/​run out of stock deal with/​help/​serve customers run a special promotion be on special offerBuying goods make/​complete a purchase buy/​purchase something online/​by mail order make/​place/​take an order for something buy/​order something in bulk/​in advance accept/​take credit cards pay (in) cash/​by (credit/​debit) card/(British English) with a gift voucher/(North American English) with a gift certificate enter your PIN 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
  3. Extra examples A new car is on my shopping list. Developers plan to build 4 000 square feet of shopping space here. I do my weekly shopping on a Saturday. I have to go shopping in town this afternoon. I thought we’d do a little shopping before the show. Improved electricity generation is one of the first things on the country’s shopping list. Jade wants me to take her shopping for a new outfit. Jenny went directly to town for some serious shopping. New York, the ultimate shopping destination Only 22 shopping days left until Christmas! She won £10 000 and immediately went on a shopping spree. She’s doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. They unpacked the shopping and put it away. This website is a valuable resource for comparison shopping. We ensure that our customers have an exceptional shopping experience. When shall I do the shopping? a home shopping network a personal shopping service an Internet shopping site detailed portraits of consumers’ shopping habits outside normal shopping hours the Christmas shopping season the back-to-school shopping season the consumers’ demand for one-stop shopping the move to home shopping using your computer the town’s main shopping street to suffer from compulsive shopping disorder
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shopping