de·​pos·​i·​tary | \ di-ˈpä-zə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce depositary (audio) \
plural depositaries

Definition of depositary

1 : a person to whom something is entrusted

Examples of depositary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Didi’s American depositary receipts plunged 24% over the period as China’s Internet regulator opened a security review and then ordered stores to remove the Didi app. Fortune, 7 July 2021 Trading volumes of American depositary receipts that track VW’s ordinary shares (VWAGY) have surged, as have Google search volumes for the VWAGY ticker. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021 The company’s American depositary receipts jumped as much as 7.9% in U.S. over-the-counter trading Thursday. Eyk Henning,, 15 May 2020 Latin America’s biggest wireless operator by subscribers, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, reported a net loss of 29.4 billion Mexican pesos ($1.2 billion), equivalent to 45 Mexican cents a share or $0.45 per American depositary receipt. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2020 Both Nikkei news and Kyodo wrote about the talks late Wednesday, driving Line’s U.S.-listed depositary receipts up more than 26%. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2019 As of Wednesday’s close, its global depositary receipts had climbed 17% from the offer price. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 Under American law, all buyers of Nissan securities listed in the United States, called American depositary receipts, could be automatically included. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2019 Telefonica Brasil’s American depositary receipts are registered with the SEC and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of depositary

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Depositary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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de·​pos·​i·​tary | \ di-ˈpä-zə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce depositary (audio) \
plural depositaries

Legal Definition of depositary

: an individual or entity (as a business organization) that holds a deposit the depositary ought to restore the precise object which he receivedLouisiana Civil Code also : depository

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