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shop

noun [C] uk   /ʃɒp/ us    /ʃɑːp/

shop noun [C] (PLACE TO BUY THINGS)

A1 ( US usually store) a building, or a room in a building, where you can buy goods or get 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 Monday.be in the shops to be available to buy: His latest novel will be in the shops by Christmas.
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shop noun [C] (WORK AREA)

a place where a particular type of thing is made or repaired: He runs an auto-tyre repair shop.

shop noun [C] (BUSINESS)

informal a business

shop

verb uk   /ʃɒp/ us    /ʃɑːp/ (-pp-)

shop verb (BUY THINGS)

B1 [I] to buy things in shops: I like to shop at Harrods for clothes. If I'm just shopping for food, I tend to go to the local supermarket.
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shop verb (GIVE INFORMATION)

[T] UK slang to give the police information 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 to literary agents and movie studios.
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Translations of “shop”
in Korean 가게…
in Arabic مَحَلّ…
in French magasin, atelier…
in Turkish dükkân, mağaza…
in Italian negozio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 購物場所, 商店,店鋪, 購物…
in Russian магазин…
in Polish sklep…
in Spanish tienda, comercio, negocio…
in Portuguese provisão…
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…
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