• (British) IPA: /ʃɒp/
  • (America) enPR: shäp, IPA: /ʃɑp/


  1. An establishment that sells goods or services to the public; originally only a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well.
    • From shop to shop / Wandering, and littering with unfolded silks / The polished counter.
  2. A place where things are manufactured or crafted; a workshop.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, “The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      A tailor called me in his shop.
  3. A large garage where vehicle mechanics work.
  4. Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor.
  5. A variety of classes taught in junior or senior high school that teach vocational skill.
  6. An establishment where a barber or beautician works.
    a barber shop
  7. An act of shopping, especially routine shopping for food and other domestic supplies.
    This is where I do my weekly shop.
  8. (figurative, uncountable) Discussion of business or professional affairs.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Verb

shop (shops, present participle shopping; past and past participle shopped)

  1. (intransitive) To visit stores or shops to browse or explore merchandise, especially with the intention of buying such merchandise.
    I went shopping early before the Christmas rush.
    He’s shopping for clothes.
  2. (transitive) To purchase products from (a range or catalogue, etc.).
    Shop our new arrivals.
    • 1988, Sylvia Harney, Married beyond recognition: a humorous look at marriage (page 90)
      You fantasized about having unhurried afternoons before the baby arrived to leisurely shop your favorite boutiques. Then the first crash hits — you no longer have the money to shop your favorite boutiques.
  3. (transitive, slang, chiefly, UK) To report the criminal activities or whereabouts of someone to an authority.
    He shopped his mates in to the police.
  4. (transitive, slang, chiefly, UK) To imprison.
  5. (transitive, internet slang) To photoshop; to digitally edit a picture or photograph.
  • (to report a criminal to authority) grass up (slang)
  • German: einkaufen, shoppen
  • Italian: andare per negozi
  • Portuguese: ir às compras
  • Russian: де́лать поку́пки
  • Spanish: ir de compras
  1. (dated) Used to attract the services of a shop assistant

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