shop Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “shop” in the English Dictionary

"shop" in British English

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shopnoun [C]

uk   /ʃɒp/  us   /ʃɑːp/

shop noun [C] (PLACE TO BUY THINGS)

A1 UK (US usually store) a ​place where you can ​buygoods or ​services: a ​book/​clothes/​record/​sweet shop a barber's/​betting shop I need to go to the shops - I've got no ​food in the ​house. UK the ​act of shopping, ​especially of shopping for ​food and other things ​needed in the ​house: I usually do the weekly shop on a ​ in the shops UK (US be in stores) to be ​available to ​buy: His ​latestnovel will be in the shops by ​Christmas.
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  • We could have a ​look round the shops if you like.
  • The shop was ​closed.
  • Most of the shops are ​open on Sundays.
  • What ​time do the shops ​close?
  • There are some ​lovely shops in the ​towncentre.

shop noun [C] (WORK AREA)

a ​place where a ​particulartype of thing is made or ​repaired: He ​runs a ​carrepair shop.

shop noun [C] (BUSINESS)

informal a ​business


uk   /ʃɒp/  us   /ʃɑːp/ (-pp-)

shop verb (BUY THINGS)

B1 [I] to ​buy things in shops: I like to shop at Gap for ​clothes. If I'm just shopping forfood, I ​tend to go to the ​localsupermarket.
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  • Where do you shop for ​food?
  • I like to shop ​locally.
  • When I'm shopping in ​town I often ​pop in there.
  • I was ​born to shop.
  • If I'm shopping for ​clothes I like to go ​alone.


[T] UK slang to give the ​policeinformation about a ​criminal: His ​ex-wife shopped him to the ​police.

shop verb (OFFER FOR SALE)

[T] to ​offer something for ​sale, ​especially to several different ​companies in the ​hope that one of them will ​buy it: Your ​script gets shopped toliteraryagents and ​moviestudios.
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(Definition of shop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shop" in American English

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shopverb [I]

 us   /ʃɑp/ (-pp-)

shop verb [I] (BUY THINGS)

to ​look for and ​buy (things): We shop in ​malls because they’re ​convenient.
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shopnoun [C]

 us   /ʃɑp/

shop noun [C] (WORK AREA)

a ​place where a ​particulartype of thing is made or ​repaired: a ​bicyclerepair shop I ​work in a ​machine shop making ​wire.

shop noun [C] (PLACE TO BUY THINGS)

a ​place where you can ​buygoods or ​services; ​store: a ​gift shop a ​barber shop a ​coffee shop
(Definition of shop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shop" in Business English

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shopnoun [C]

uk   us   /ʃɒp/
UK COMMERCE a ​place where ​people go to ​buy things: Our village shop ​sells mostly ​food and ​magazines. For more great ​bargains, visit our ​online shop! a book/clothes/shoe shop
COMMERCE, PRODUCTION a ​place where particular things are made or ​repaired: All our ​delivery bicycles are ​regularlychecked in the repair shop.
be in the shops UK COMMERCE be ​available for ​people to ​buy: Her new ​designs will be in the shops in the spring.
mind the shop UK to ​manage or ​look after a ​business when its usual ​owner or ​manager is not there: While their ​fellowemployees are getting ​time off, they are ​left to mind the shop.
set up shop informal to ​start doing ​business somewhere: Several ​Europeanretailers have set up shop in the US. Setting up shop on the web is an ​increasingly attractive ​option for young ​entrepreneurs.
talk shop disapproving to ​talk about things ​relating to your ​work when you are in a ​socialsituation, especially in a way that is not interesting to other ​people: I hate these dinners where everyone ​talks shop the whole ​time.


uk   us   /ʃɒp/ (-pp-) COMMERCE
[I] to ​buy things, especially from ​stores: The new shopping ​mall is ​designed for ​people who love to for sth She's always shopping for ​bargains. We usually shop at the ​ with sb/sth Only shop with ​companies that ​offer a ​full after-sales ​service. Most ​people go shopping at the ​weekend.
[T] US informal if you shop a ​company, you ​try to make ​people interested in ​buying it: Management is shopping the ​company.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of shop from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shop”
in Korean 가게…
in Arabic مَحَلّ…
in Malaysian kedai, bengkel…
in French magasin, atelier…
in Russian магазин…
in Chinese (Traditional) 購物場所, 商店,店鋪, 購物…
in Italian negozio…
in Turkish dükkân, mağaza…
in Polish sklep…
in Spanish tienda, comercio, negocio…
in Vietnamese cửa hàng, phân xưởng…
in Portuguese provisão…
in Thai ร้านค้า, โรงฝึกงาน…
in German der Laden, der Berieb…
in Catalan botiga…
in Japanese 店, 商店…
in Chinese (Simplified) 购物场所, 商店,店铺, 购物…
in Indonesian toko, bengkel, perusahaan…
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