ldoce_749_zshopshop1 /ʃɒp $ ʃɑːp/ ●●●S1W1 noun1place where you buy things [countable] especially British EnglishSHOP/STORE a building or part of a building where you can buy things, food, or servicesSYN store American Englishtoy/pet/shoe/gift etc shopHer brother runs a record shop in Chester.a barber’s shopa fish-and-chip shopthe local shopsShirley saw her reflection in the shop window.in the shopsNew potatoes are in the shops now.I’m just going down to the shops.wander/browse around the shopsI spent a happy afternoon wandering around the shops. →bucket shop, corner shop, coffee shop2place that makes/repairs things [countable]TIF a place where something is made or repairedThe generators are put together in the machine shop.a bicycle repair shop →shop floor, shop steward3school subject (also shop class) [uncountable] American EnglishSES a subjecttaught in schools that shows students how to use tools and machinery to make or repair thingsin shopDoug made this table in shop.wood/metal/print etc shopOne auto shop class is run just for girls.4 →set up shop5 →shut up shop6 →talk shop7 →all over the shop8go shopping [singular] British English spokenBUY an occasion when you go shopping, especially for food and other things you need regularlyShe always does the weekly shop on a Friday.THESAURUSshop especially British English, store especially American English a building or place where things are soldShe's gone to the shops to get some milk.a clothes shopOur local store has sold out of sugar for making jam.boutique a small shop that sells fashionableclothes or other objectsa little boutique which specializes in bath products.superstore British English a very large shop, especially one that is built outside the centre of a cityOut-of-town superstores have taken business away from shops in the city centre.department store a very large shop that is divided into several big parts, each of which sells one type of thing, such as clothes, furniture, or kitchenequipmentHe went around all the big department stores in Oxford Street.supermarket (also grocery store American English) a very large shop that sells food, drinks, and things that people need regularly in their homesSupermarkets have cut down the number of plastic bags they distribute by 50%.salon a shop where you can get your hairwashed, cut curled etcgarden centre British English, nursery especially American English a place that sells a widerange of plants, seeds, and things for your gardenYour local garden centre can advise you on which plants to grow.outlet formal a shop that sells things for less than the usual price, especially things from a particular company or things of a particular typeThe book is available from most retail outlets.market an area, usually outdoors, where people buy and sell many different types of thingsI usually buy our vegetables at the market – they're much cheaper there.mall especially American English a large area where there are a lot of shops, especially a large buildingA new restaurant has opened at the mall. We used to hang around together at the mall.strip mall American English a row of shops built together, with a large area for parking cars in front of itStrip malls can seem rather impersonal.
shopshop2 ●●●S2 verb (shopped, shopping)1[intransitive]BUY to go to one or more shops to buy thingsshop forI usually shop for vegetables in the market.shop atShe always shops at Tesco’s. →window-shopping2 →go shopping3[transitive] British English informalSCTELL A SECRET to tell the police about someone who has done something illegalHe was shopped by his ex-wife. →shop around→ See Verb table
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shop• Take time to shop around; get to know your local winemerchant or investigate your local supermarket.• I usually shop at Safeway. It's just around the corner from my house.• When she moved here, she had never shopped in a supermarket before.• If you are shopping, stop outside the shop and go over the rules and consequences.• I cleaned the house, shopped, washed and cooked.shop for• I was shopping for a new dress but couldn't find anything I liked.• And where shopping forart could be an Olympic event.• Years ago, he said, he shopped for clothing at thrifts.• And if she was staying she had to go shopping forgroceries.• No states currently allow homeowners or businesses to shop for power from the cheapest source.• Anyway, I looked round the shops for some.• Other men scour the shops for the latest looks and hunt down designerbargains.• There were special stores and barber shops and tailorshops for the people of the project.• To make shopping for wine as easy as drinking it, we've listed the bottles by retailoutlet.From King Business Dictionaryshopshop1 /ʃɒpʃɑːp/ noun [countable]1British EnglishCOMMERCE a building or part of a building where goods are sold to the publicSYNstore AmEThe shops close at 5.30.a clothes shop →bucket shop →co-operative shop →corner shop →factory shop →mobile shop2MANUFACTURING a place where things are made or repaireda repair shop →job shop →machine shop →paint shop3set up shop informalCOMMERCE to start a businessFirms can get grants to set up shop in the area.4talk shop to talk about things that are connected to your work, especially in a way that other people find boringa group of salespeople talking shop → see alsoclosed shopshopshop2 verb (shopped, shopping) [intransitive]COMMERCE1to go to one or more shops to buy thingsshop forShe went down town to shop for groceries.shop atAlmost two-thirds of Americans shop at a convenience store at least once a week.2go shopping to go to one or more shops to buy things, usually clothes, for enjoymentYoung kids don’t have the money, but they go shopping with Mom. →shop around→ See Verb tableOriginshop1Old Englishsceoppa“stall”