de·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \di-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē \
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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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 Its stock is traded over-the-counter an American depository receipt. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Denmark Reopens Investigation into Russia-Linked Money Laundering Case," 20 Sep. 2018 Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Moth Night Out at Trinity River Refuge, July 21," 24 June 2018 About $80 billion is held domestically by depository institutions. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Cash Flow or Cash Stash? How Money Moves Around," 6 July 2018 Deposits are automatically insured through Lloyd's of London, according to the depository's website. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Gold rush: Texas opens nation's first state-run bullion depository," 6 June 2018 The new owners of the train depot and the book depository are new companies, according to state corporation filings. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train depot ownership transferred to company with ties to Ford," 30 May 2018 The depository, known as the Roosevelt Warehouse, became infamous a decade ago after a man's body was found upside down and encased in ice in the building's elevator shaft. Detroit Free Press, "Ford would demolish this vacant Detroit building," 21 June 2018 WhatsApp has become a depository for outrage against the political elite in a country with 35 political parties, where the line between corruption and compromise can be especially thin. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.," 11 June 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 \
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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