I. transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estorer to establish, restore, supply, from Latin instaurare to resume, restore
Date: 13th century
1. lay away, accumulate <store vegetables for winter use> <an organism that absorbs and stores DDT> 2. furnish, supply; especially to stock against a future time <store a ship with provisions> 3. to place or leave in a location (as a warehouse, library, or computer memory) for preservation or later use or disposal 4. to provide storage room for ; hold <elevators for storing surplus wheat> • storable adjective II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. something that is stored or kept for future use b. plural articles (as of food) accumulated for some specific object and drawn upon as needed ; stock, supplies c. something that is accumulated d. a source from which things may be drawn as needed ; a reserve fund 2. storage — usually used with in <when placing eggs in store — Dublin Sunday Independent> 3. value, importance <set great store by a partner's opinion> 4. a large quantity, supply, or number ; abundance 5. a. storehouse, warehouse b. chiefly British memory 4 6. a business establishment where usually diversified goods are kept for retail sale <a grocery store> — compare shop III. adjective Date: 1574 1. (or stores) of, relating to, kept in, or used for a store 2. purchased from a store as opposed to being natural or homemade ; manufactured, ready-made <store clothes> <store bread>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.