de·​pot | \ senses 1 and 2 are ˈde-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce depot (audio) also ˈdē- How to pronounce depot (audio) , sense 3 is ˈdē- How to pronounce depot (audio) , sometimes ˈde- How to pronounce depot (audio) \

Definition of depot

1a : a place for storing goods or motor vehicles
b : store, cache a fat depot in the body
2a : a place for the storage of military supplies
b : a place for the reception and forwarding of military replacements
3 : a building for railroad or bus passengers or freight

Examples of depot in a Sentence

a distribution depot for auto parts the guns and ammunition were stored in a depot in Concord
Recent Examples on the Web In early April two Ukrainian helicopters struck an oil depot in Belgorod, less than 20 miles from the Ukrainian border, the first such strike in Russian territory to be made public since the start of the war more than two months ago. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The peace talks were complicated Friday when the Russians accused Ukraine of a helicopter attack on a Russian fuel depot, which Kyiv denied but would mark the first airstrike from Ukraine on Russian soil. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 Russian shelling over the past two days set fire to a school, an oil depot, and dozens of houses in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region, the regional state administration has said. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 The depot planned to host additional performances Saturday evening and dedicated a new exhibit to the centennial at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Last month, Russia charged that two Ukrainian helicopter gunships hit an oil depot in Russia’s Belgorod region, close to the Ukrainian border. David Keyton, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2022 Last month, two Ukrainian helicopter gunships hit an oil depot in Russia’s Belgorod region, close to the Ukrainian border. David Keyton, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Workers commuting on the Oregon Electric Railroad continued to flow in and out of the depot until that service ceased in 1930. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2022 During World War I, Holabird was the site of an Army quartermaster depot that shipped supplies to U.S. forces. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of depot

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for depot

French dépôt, from Middle French depost, from Medieval Latin depositum, from Latin, neuter of depositus

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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Depot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for depot


de·​pot | \ usually ˈde-ˌpō for 1 & 2, ˈdē- for 3 \

Kids Definition of depot

1 : a place where military supplies are kept
3 : a railroad or bus station


de·​pot | \ ˈdep-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce depot (audio) , ˈdēp- How to pronounce depot (audio) \

Medical Definition of depot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bodily location where a substance is stored usually for later utilization fat depots as a source of energy



Medical Definition of depot (Entry 2 of 2)

: being in storage depot fat also : acting over a prolonged period depot insulin

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