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 Gamstat, a public depository for updates to the PlayStation Network's newest products, posted an official image for both this demo and another unannounced game: a remastered version of the portable PSP classic game Patapon 2. Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake demo has leaked, is packed with teases, spoilers," 2 Jan. 2020 But the demand is year-round, requiring the depository to purchase additional food. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Had it with this Trump critic? Show your dislike, douse a columnist and help feed people in need!," 15 Nov. 2019 The location has full-service lobby banking, an ATM and a night depository. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: FINS swim school, Kay Jewelers, Joy Love Burgers, Main Squeeze Juice Co. sign up for new spots," 7 June 2019 The location also features a digital access bar, Chase Private Client offices, transaction services, two 24-hour vestibule ATMs, a drive-up ATM and a night depository. cleveland, "CRS appoints Ohradzansky as executive director: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 23 Nov. 2019 The board is responsible for authorizing and issuing certificates of indebtedness of the City, selecting depositories for City funds, and for reviewing the city’s six-year capital improvement program and first-year capital budget. Colin Campbell,, "Scott calls for investigation into Board of Finance members’ missing financial disclosures," 30 Oct. 2019 The railroad depot has been transformed into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins and spirits. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Haunted Houses 2019," 19 Sep. 2019 And what about the people who don’t have mobile phones? When representative Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, brought up minority depository institutions (MDIs), Zuckerberg appeared unfamiliar with the term. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t realize other people don’t have money," 23 Oct. 2019 The food depository works with more than 700 organizations, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, to provide food across Chicago and Cook County. Madeline Buckley,, "Chicago food bank to provide food at libraries, parks and YMCA locations for CPS students during anticipated teachers strike," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Depository.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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