When the word "store" is used as a verb, it means to keep something or save something for future use.

simplepastpast participle
  • We store our frozen food in the freezer.
  • Many people store their cars in a garage during the winter.
  • Sometimes it’s necessary to store things in boxes and then use those things years later.
  • Where do you store food in your house?
  • I store my garden equipment in a shed next to my house. My bikes are also stored in the shed.

shed This is a shed.

To make a noun or an adjective for the word "store," add an "age" ending:

  • Renee’s apartment building provides storage for tenants.
  • They have a large storage unit in the basement.
  • Gloria put all of her kids’ baby clothes and other keepsakes into storage.
  • What kind of storage do you have where you live? Do you have closets? A garage?

Of course, you can also use the word "store" as a noun that describes a place where you shop:

  • The grocery store in our neighborhood has very good produce. (produce = fruits and vegetables)
  • Long ago, there was just one place that Americans went to go shopping in the town where they lived. That was the general store. It sold everything. Now we have shopping malls and specialty stores.

general store

the general store


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This page was first published on September 18, 2012. It was updated on April 28, 2016.