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

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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 Other, similar depots, spread across the country from Southern California to Georgia, can’t easily be repurposed to stock the essentials Amazon is prioritizing, according to people who track Amazon’s logistics network. Matt Day,, "Amazon Closes U.S. Apparel Returns Warehouse Amid Worker Alarm," 12 May 2020 The kits arrived by railroad at local depots, where customers brought their horses and carriages to pick up the huge wooden containers to move to their building sites. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Lake Historical Society brings bits of local history to YouTube," 11 May 2020 America's biggest depot, the famous Cushing facility in Oklahoma, will soon have no vacancies. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Buccaneers of the basin: The fall of fracking—and the future of oil," 30 Apr. 2020 Many public buses need to travel more miles than the buses can provide, so instead of being forced to return to the depot to charge, the wireless systems provide quick boosts to keep them running all day. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo says it has a fix for Red Line buses that don't go the distance. Here's how it's worked elsewhere.," 3 May 2019 Echo Company arrived at the depot three weeks ago and have been quarantined at a San Diego hotel since. Andrew Dyer, Los Angeles Times, "Marine recruits train in San Diego after coronavirus quarantine; Navy resumes SEAL training," 5 May 2020 With offices shut, some city residents have escaped to lake cabins in the north, a favorite local tradition; others are taking advantage of the home-time to do lawn and garden work, causing unusual traffic jams at the neighborhood yard waste depot. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Hours later, workers at a Chicago depot picketed outside their facility. Matt Day,, "Amazon’s hiring boom packed applicants into job fairs with no special precautions," 1 Apr. 2020 Hours later, workers at a Chicago depot picketed outside their facility. Fortune, "Amazon’s coronavirus hiring boom has applicants packed into job fairs taking no special precautions," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of depot was in 1795

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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Depot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of depot

US : a train or bus station
: a place where military supplies are kept or where soldiers are trained
: a place where goods are stored


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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