As the sentence "This store stores a large store of rubber ducks" will tell you, store is a word with a lot of definitions. Among these are "a place that sells items," "the act of keeping things for future use," and "a supply of something."

As a noun, store often refers to a place where things are sold, such as an electronics store. This meaning of the word likely sprang up from the original meaning, "a supply of something kept for future use." As a verb, store refers to the act of putting things away for later. Chipmunks store nuts in their cheeks, people store their winter clothes when springtime arrives, and techies store information on backup drives.

Definitions of store

n a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services

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bakehouse, bakery, bakeshop
a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold
a shop where men can get their hair cut
bazaar, bazar
a shop where a variety of goods are sold
betting shop
a licensed bookmaker's shop that is not at the race track
a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries
bookshop, bookstall, bookstore
a shop where books are sold
a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
boutique, dress shop
a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry
building supply house, building supply store
a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
butcher shop, meat market
a shop in which meat and poultry (and sometimes fish) are sold
sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
chain store
one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise
cleaners, dry cleaners
shop where dry cleaning is done
clothing store, haberdashery, haberdashery store, mens store
a store where men's clothes are sold
a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
computer store
a store that sells computers to the small businessperson or personal user
candy store, confectionary, confectionery
a confectioner's shop
convenience store
a store selling a limited variety of food and pharmaceutical items; open long hours for the convenience of customers
deli, delicatessen, food shop
a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
apothecary, apothecary's shop, chemist's, chemist's shop, drugstore, pharmacy
a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
florist, florist shop, flower store
a shop where flowers and ornamental plants are sold
gift shop, novelty shop
a shop that sells miscellaneous articles appropriate as gifts
hardware store, ironmonger, ironmonger's shop
a store selling hardware
head shop
a shop specializing in articles of interest to drug users
junk shop
a shop that sells cheap secondhand goods
hat shop, millinery
shop selling women's hats
a shop that provides equipment for some specific purpose
liquor store, off-licence, package store
a store that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere
loan office, pawnbroker's shop, pawnshop
a shop where loans are made with personal property as security
store where perfumes are sold
pet shop
a shop where pet animals can be purchased
pizza parlor, pizza shop, pizzeria
a shop where pizzas are made and sold
fix-it shop, repair shop
a shop specializing in repairs and maintenance
beauty parlor, beauty parlour, beauty salon, beauty shop, salon
a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work
shoe shop, shoe store, shoe-shop
a shop where shoes are sold
specialty store
a store that sells only one kind of merchandise
second-hand store, thriftshop
a shop that sells secondhand goods at reduced prices
tobacco shop, tobacconist, tobacconist shop
a shop that sells pipes and pipe tobacco and cigars and cigarettes
shop where toys are sold
a delicatessen that specializes in meats
garage, service department
a repair shop where cars and trucks are serviced and repaired
a bakery specializing in French pastry
PX, post exchange
a commissary on a United States Army post
slop chest
commissary maintained aboard merchant ships to sell merchandise to the crew
slopseller's shop, slopshop
a store that sells cheap ready-made clothing
small stores
personal items conforming to regulations that are sold aboard ship or at a naval base and charged to the person's pay
sales booth, stall, stand
a booth where articles are displayed for sale
tuck shop
a candy store in Great Britain
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mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet
a place of business for retailing goods

n a supply of something available for future use

“he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars”
fund, stock
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base, infrastructure
the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
cache, hoard, stash
a secret store of valuables or money
a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)
government issue, issue, military issue
supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
seed stock
a supply of seeds (or tubers) reserved for planting
seed corn, seed grain
good quality seeds (as kernels of corn) that are reserved for planting
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(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation

n a depository for goods

depot, entrepot, storage, storehouse
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a place where supplies can be stored
garner, granary
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
magazine, powder magazine, powder store
a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
treasure house
a storehouse for treasures
storage warehouse, warehouse
a storehouse for goods and merchandise
a bin or granary for storing grains
(in India and Malaysia) a warehouse
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deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

n an electronic memory device

computer memory, computer storage, memory, memory board, storage
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non-volatile storage, nonvolatile storage
computer storage that is not lost when the power is turned off
ROM, fixed storage, read-only memory, read-only storage
(computer science) memory whose contents can be accessed and read but cannot be changed
real storage
the main memory in a virtual memory system
(computer science) a high-speed internal memory used for temporary storage of preliminary information
virtual memory, virtual storage
(computer science) memory created by using the hard disk to simulate additional random-access memory; the addressable storage space available to the user of a computer system in which virtual addresses are mapped into real addresses
volatile storage
computer storage that is erased when the power is turned off
CD-ROM, compact disc read-only memory
a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with an audio system); a large amount of digital information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user
EPROM, erasable programmable read-only memory
(computer science) a read-only memory chip that can be erased by ultraviolet light and programmed again with new data
flash memory
nonvolatile storage that can be electrically erased and programmed anew
magnetic bubble memory
a nonvolatile storage device that holds information in the form of bubbles on a thin film of magnetic silicate; no longer used in most computers
RAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory
the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
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computer hardware, hardware
(computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
memory device, storage device
a device that preserves information for retrieval

v keep or lay aside for future use

store grain for the winter”
“The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat”
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away
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store in bins
computerise, computerize
store in a computer
lay in provisions
accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together
store, like bees
run up
pile up (debts or scores)
collect or gather
collect, pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
chunk, lump
put together indiscriminately
make into a bale
take in and retain
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
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hold on, keep
retain possession of

v find a place for and put away for storage

“I couldn't store all the books in the attic so I sold some”
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store grain
store or keep customarily
put into long-term storage
put (something) in a place for storage
store on a wharf
store in a tank by causing (something) to flow into it
store in a loft
store in a warehouse
keep or store in a garage
store (liquids or gases) in bottles
store in a silo
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hold on, keep
retain possession of

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