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 Meanwhile, the Madeira Historical Preservation Commission has signed off on the city’s lease of the railroad depot for Redden’s Fine Meats and Seafood. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Madeira hopes to create downtown redevelopment district around iconic former railroad depot," 29 Apr. 2021 The bus depot opened in 1950, a brick and glass structure with rear portals and parking for buses, a restaurant, showers and restrooms and accommodations for drivers. William Thornton |, al, "Birmingham’s Greyhound bus terminal returning to its 1950 glory: ‘There’s history here’," 27 Apr. 2021 One firefighter was killed pulling the fire engine from Laurel’s railroad depot. Kevin Leonard,, "Laurel’s long-running St. Mark’s Emancipation Proclamation Celebration started in 1902, and more history bits and pieces," 23 Apr. 2021 Czech media also reported that Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Grebev had a consignment of munitions stored at the Vrbětice depot and planned to sell these to Ukraine. Washington Post, "Accusations of spying and sabotage plunge Russia-Czech relations into the deep freeze," 19 Apr. 2021 Parts of the old Kelly, a massive maintenance depot for the C-5A cargo plane and home to 10,000 workers when a base closure commission ordered it to shutter in 2001, remain under military control. Greg Jefferson,, "Pentagon puts San Antonio on short list in race for Space Command headquarters," 19 Nov. 2020 See Czechia’s recent disclosure that in 2014, a team of Russian military intelligence operatives blew up an ammunition depot in a village in the east of the country. Michael Weiss, Time, "Russia Is Murdering the Kremlin's Biggest Critic in Plain Sight. Who Will Save Alexei Navalny?," 22 Apr. 2021 That followed similar assaults on the Ras Tanura export terminal and a fuel depot in Jeddah earlier in the month. Matthew Martin, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco reports plunging profits, but maintains the world’s most generous dividend," 22 Mar. 2021 Union commanders took advantage of the county’s rolling farmland and the Western Maryland Railroad depot in Westminster to bring in supplies from Washington and Baltimore. Megan Woodward,, "‘Good, clean fun’: Northern Maryland Dirt Diggers bond over discovery of historical artifacts in and around Carroll County," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Depot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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