• (America) enPR: stôr, IPA: /stɔɹ/
  • (RP) enPR: stô, IPA: /stɔː/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: stōr, IPA: /sto(ː)ɹ/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /stoə/

store (plural stores)

  1. A place where items may be accumulated or routinely kept.
    This building used to be a store for old tires.
  2. A supply held in storage.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, II:13:
      But there was an infinite store of mercy in those eyes, for him too a word of pardon even though he had erred and sinned and wandered.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      By late summer a sufficient store of stone had accumulated, and then the building began […] , under the superintendence of the pigs.
  3. (mainly North American) A place where items may be purchased; a shop.
    I need to get some milk from the grocery store.
    • 1948, Carey McWilliams, North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States, J. B. Lippincott Company, page 75,
      In 1866 Colonel J. F. Meline noted that the rebozo had almost disappeared in Santa Fe and that hoop skirts, on sale in the stores, were being widely used.
  4. (computing, dated) Memory.
    The main store of 1000 36-bit words seemed large at the time.
  5. A great quantity or number; abundance.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 37:
      I make my love engrafted to this store.
    • 1645, John Milton, L'Allegro
      With store of Ladies, whose bright eies / Rain influence, and judge the prise / Of Wit, or Arms, while both contend / To win her Grace, whom all commend.
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store (stores, present participle storing; past and past participle stored)

  1. (transitive) To keep (something) while not in use, generally in a place meant for that purpose.
    I'll store these books in the attic.
  2. (transitive, computing) To write (something) into memory or registers.
    This operation stores the result on the stack.
  3. (intransitive) To remain in good condition while stored.
    I don't think that kind of cheese will store well in the refrigerator.
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