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

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

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The F-16s were targeting a weapons depot in Latakia used to prepare and transit equipment to Hezbollah, Israeli officials said. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "As Israel Targets Iran in Syria, U.S. Officials Warn of Reprisals," 28 Oct. 2018 The Observatory said an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated, bringing down two five-story apartment buildings. Fox News, "The Latest: Syrian government calls on refugees to return," 13 Aug. 2018 Israel in recent months ramped up its strikes on alleged Hezbollah and Iranian positions and weapons depots inside Syria, sparking fears of a regional war. Philip Issa,, "Syria’s Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds," 1 June 2018 The era of train travel is well-represented at the museum, where several rail cars are open to the public beside the old depot from nearby Boulder City. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' past, from a classic chapel to vintage railroad cars, on display at little-known museum," 5 July 2018 The plan, which will begin rolling out this summer, consists of two new car-sharing services with hundreds of EVs, a pair of zero-emission electric bus lines, an on-demand electric shuttle, and 10 charging depots. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 The last train left the station in 1988 and the depot began its long slide into ruin until Ford this spring began its rescue. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 When Metra in 1995 announced it was allowed to offer commuter travel on what's now the North Central line, news reports show Vernon Hills agreed to pay for the $500,000 depot along Route 45. Rick Kambic,, "Departing Vernon Hills trustee reflects on 25 years in office: 'You really had to have a lot of backbone'," 9 July 2018 The once-grand depot was built in 1913 and features a soaring grand hall conceived by the architects who created Grand Central Terminal in New York. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Ford Aims to Revive a Detroit Train Station, and Itself," 17 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of depot

: 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, ˈdēp- \

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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