de·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce depository (audio) \
plural depositories

Definition of depository

1 : depositary sense 1 a depository of ancient tradition
2 : a place where something is placed or deposited especially for safekeeping a book depository a depository for government funds

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Examples of depository in a Sentence

The bank is used as a depository for government funds.
Recent Examples on the Web Without waiting for approval or official permission, Zhang also promptly shared the result with a consortium of researchers in Australia, giving them the go-ahead to post it online in an open depository. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better," 18 Mar. 2021 Goldfields, based in South Africa, operates mines globally and trades 6.8 million depository shares daily, on average, at the New York Stock Exchange. John Navin, Forbes, "When Cryptos Finally Crash Which Gold Stocks Might Benefit?," 6 Apr. 2021 Nearman said the public was welcome to go to any state depository — these are mostly public libraries — and read the code there. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A lawsuit aims to stop private firms from claiming copyrights on California laws," 18 Mar. 2021 Its American depository receipts slumped the most intraday since March 16. Kristine Owram,, "Alibaba Drops After China Suspends IPO of Finance Affiliate Ant," 3 Nov. 2020 The new bill allocates $15 billion each to community lenders and small depository lenders to issue loans. Amara Omeokwe, WSJ, "PPP is Reopening. What’s Different This Time?," 22 Dec. 2020 Most minority depository institutions wouldn't have the resources to service those companies otherwise. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "JPMorgan and Google launch program to help minority-owned banks," 23 Feb. 2021 Because beginning in late 2008, reserves held by depository institutions at the Fed skyrocketed. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Boom, then Bust?," 20 Feb. 2021 San Diego is one of only five libraries in the region with federal depository status. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego library reverses decision to give up federal government document status, will keep small collection," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of depository

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for depository

see deposit entry 1

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The first known use of depository was in 1656

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28 Apr 2021

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“Depository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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de·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈpä-zə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce depository (audio) \
plural depositories

Legal Definition of depository

1 : a place where something is deposited especially for safekeeping night depository specifically : a bank chosen for the depositing of government funds

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