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

Examples of depository in a Sentence

The bank is used as a depository for government funds.
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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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22 May 2022

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“Depository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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