To set store by
Store Store, n. [OE. stor, stoor, OF. estor, provisions, supplies, fr. estorer to store. See {Store}, v. t.] 1. That which is accumulated, or massed together; a source from which supplies may be drawn; hence, an abundance; a great quantity, or a great number. [1913 Webster]

The ships are fraught with store of victuals. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and give the prize. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A place of deposit for goods, esp. for large quantities; a storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine. [1913 Webster]

3. Any place where goods are sold, whether by wholesale or retail; a shop. [U.S. & British Colonies] [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Articles, especially of food, accumulated for some specific object; supplies, as of provisions, arms, ammunition, and the like; as, the stores of an army, of a ship, of a family. [1913 Webster]

His swine, his horse, his stoor, and his poultry. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{In store}, in a state of accumulation; in keeping; hence, in a state of readiness. ``I have better news in store for thee.'' --Shak.

{Store clothes}, clothing purchased at a shop or store; -- in distinction from that which is home-made. [Colloq. U.S.]

{Store pay}, payment for goods or work in articles from a shop or store, instead of money. [U.S.]

{To set store by}, to value greatly; to have a high appreciation of.

{To tell no store of}, to make no account of; to consider of no importance. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fund; supply; abundance; plenty; accumulation; provision.

Usage: {Store}, {Shop}. The English call the place where goods are sold (however large or splendid it may be) a shop, and confine the word store to its original meaning; viz., a warehouse, or place where goods are stored. In America the word store is applied to all places, except the smallest, where goods are sold. In some British colonies the word store is used as in the United States. [1913 Webster]

In his needy shop a tortoise hung, An alligator stuffed, and other skins Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves A beggarly account of empty boxes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Sulphurous and nitrous foam, . . . Concocted and adjusted, they reduced To blackest grain, and into store conveyed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • To set store by — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set little by — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set much by — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • set store by — phrasal : to consider valuable or trustworthy or worthwhile set store by dieting as a means to health convinced that the poorest people set the most store by family ties Irish Digest * * * set (or lay or put) store by (or on) consider (something) …   Useful english dictionary

  • set store by — ► set (or lay or put) store by (or on) consider to be of a particular degree of importance. Main Entry: ↑store …   English terms dictionary

  • set store by — {v. phr.}, {informal} To like or value; want to keep. Used with a qualifying word between set and store . * /George sets great store by that old tennis racket./ * /Pat doesn t set much store by Mike s advice./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set store by — {v. phr.}, {informal} To like or value; want to keep. Used with a qualifying word between set and store . * /George sets great store by that old tennis racket./ * /Pat doesn t set much store by Mike s advice./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set\ store\ by — v. phr. informal To like or value; want to keep. Used with a qualifying word between set and store . George sets great store by that old tennis racket. Pat doesn t set much store by Mike s advice …   Словарь американских идиом

  • set store by — or set store on phrasal to consider valuable, trustworthy, or worthwhile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • set great store by — set store by Gwen set great store by good manners Syn: value, attach great importance to, put a high value on, put a premium on; think highly of, hold in (high) regard, have a high opinion of; informal rate …   Thesaurus of popular words

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