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.

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He who defines personal identity—that is to say, me—as the private possession of some depository of memories is mistaken. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 Fund are placed into a central depository before being dispersed. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here's everything you need to know about the $530M Mega Millions lottery drawing," 24 May 2019 Last year, Beijing wanted to lure Chinese tech companies to list in the mainland by issuing Chinese depository receipts dubbed CDR, akin to the ADRs and GDRs used to facilitate global companies in New York and London. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Irrational Exuberance Endangers China’s Nasdaq," 3 Apr. 2019 Seattle continued to bank with Wells Fargo after no other firm showed interest in providing the city with depository services. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Struggles to Get Off the Municipal-Bond Blacklist," 17 June 2018 The Brazilian company’s American depository shares plunged 18 percent Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "Searchers probe deep mud from Brazil dam breach; 65 dead," 29 Jan. 2019 American depository receipt shares in Avianca rose 6.32% to $5.05 Friday, and United shares rose 1.71% to $96.70. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "United Reaches Deal on Avianca Loan, Partnership," 30 Nov. 2018 Create an online account at Where is the depository? Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Gold rush: Texas opens nation's first state-run bullion depository," 6 June 2018 Another Exit | Euroclear, a securities depository, will move its holding company to Brussels from London ahead of Brexit, the Financial Times reports., "Brexit Bulletin: Bidding for the Bankers," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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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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