1. in readiness
; - Example: "gave us a hint of the excitement that was in store for us"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
The ships are fraught with store of victuals.
With store of ladies, whose bright eyes
Rain influence, and give the prize. --Milton.
2. A place of deposit for goods, esp. for large quantities; a
storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine.
3. Any place where goods are sold, whether by wholesale or
retail; a shop. [U.S. & British Colonies]
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.
His swine, his horse, his stoor, and his poultry.
In store, in a state of accumulation; in keeping; hence, in
a state of readiness. "I have better news in store for
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
To tell no store of, to make no account of; to consider of
Syn: Fund; supply; abundance; plenty; accumulation;
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
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.
Sulphurous and nitrous foam, . . .
Concocted and adjusted, they reduced
To blackest grain, and into store conveyed.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: in readiness; awaiting; "gave us a hint of the excitement
that was in store for us"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
66 Moby Thesaurus words for "in store":
about to be, already in sight, appointed, approaching, at hand,
brewing, by one, close, close at hand, coming, destined, devoted,
doomed, fatal, fated, fateful, foredoomed, forthcoming,
free and clear, future, gathering, going to happen, held,
immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, in anticipation,
in danger imminent, in fee, in fee simple, in hand, in prospect,
in readiness, in reserve, in seisin, in stock, in supply,
in the cards, in the offing, in the wind, in view, inevitable,
instant, looming, lowering, lurking, marked, menacing, near,
near at hand, nearing, on hand, on the horizon, ordained,
overhanging, own, owned, possessed, preparing, that will be,
threatening, to come, upcoming, waiting, written