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

      

    grocery

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrəʊsəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡroʊsəri//
     
    (pl. groceries) Departments in stores
     
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  1. 1  (especially British English) (usually North American English grocery store) [countable] a shop/store that sells food and other things used in the home. In American English ‘grocery store’ is often used to mean ‘supermarket’.
  2. 2  groceries [plural] food and other goods sold by a grocer or at a supermarket 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 See related entries: Departments in stores
  3. Extra examples He walked in and set the bag of groceries down on the floor. I have to do some grocery shopping. Mom wanted me to get the groceries. We have our groceries delivered. a grocery business/​chain a grocery checkout a grocery clerk my weekly groceries the corner grocery store

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