store / stôr/ • n. 1. a retail establishment selling items to the public: a health-food store. ∎ [as adj.] store-bought: there's a loaf of store bread.2. a quantity or supply of something kept for use as needed: the squirrel has a store of food | fig. her vast store of knowledge. ∎ a place where things are kept for future use or sale: a grain store. ∎ (stores) supplies of equipment and food kept for use by members of an army, navy, or other institution, or the place where they are kept.• v. [tr.] keep or accumulate (something) for future use: a small room used for storing furniture. ∎ retain or enter (information) for future electronic retrieval: the data is stored on disk. ∎ (be stored with) have a supply of (something useful): a mind well stored with esoteric knowledge. ∎ [intr.] remain fresh while being stored: they do not ship or store well.PHRASES: in store1. in a safe place while not being used or displayed: items held in store.2. coming in the future; about to happen: he did not yet know what lay in store for him.set (or lay or put) store by (or on) consider (something) to be of a particular degree of importance or value: many people set much store by privacy.DERIVATIVES: stor·a·ble adj.stor·er n.
Hence storage action and place of storing, XVII.
a build-up of material or goods; a body of persons; a large number or quantity.
Examples : goodly store of blows, 1705; of flowers, 1853; of gypsies—Lipton, 1970; of horses, 1538; of knowledge; of mice, 1594; of people, 1653; of ancient poets, 1536; of provisions; of snow, 1677; of chosen soldiers, 1570; of swine, 1590; of trees growing, 1598.
1. Another name for storage, or memory, used especially in the UK.
2. To enter or retain information for subsequent retrieval.