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noun [uncountable] shopping pronunciation in American English /ˈʃɑpɪŋ/
  1. 1
    the activity of going to a store to buy things

    I don't like shopping very much.

    a shopping list

    go shopping:

    Have you had a chance to go shopping yet?

    1. a.
      [only before noun] involving shopping
      a shopping spree (=when you buy a lot of things from a lot of stores):

      We went on a shopping spree and spent nearly $700.

    See also  window-shopping

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