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 depot, a towering ruin closed in 1988 that came to symbolize the city's dramatic fall, was sold to Ford earlier this month. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford revels in a new 'city of possibility'; residents hopeful, skeptical," 20 June 2018 The site provides shelter nightly for up to 45 homeless people, plus meals, laundry, showers and van service to Laguna’s bus depot. Hannah Fry,, "Legal settlement between Laguna Beach and ACLU details changes to be made at city homeless shelter," 7 June 2018 Ford opened the Detroit train depot in Corktown for limited hours on June 19 and June 22-25, with sign-up required to manage crowds. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "After big crowds, Detroit train station prepares for restoration," 25 June 2018 The supply line extended back across convoy lanes, through U.S. embarkation ports, to depots in this country with 245,000,000 square feet of storage space. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Shortly after the takeover, his father lost his job at a government fuel depot, so the teen — the eldest of 10 siblings — had a duty to support the family. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 Shortly after the militants' takeover, his father lost his job at a government fuel depot, so the teen — the eldest of 10 siblings — had a duty to support the family. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 The doors to a maroon 2012 Ford Fusion reportedly were damaged June 28 while the car was parked at the Arlington Park train depot, 2121 W. Northwest Highway, police said. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, "Arlington Heights police: Handgun reported stolen from unlocked truck in village," 6 July 2018 The victim was found nearby at the IndyGo bus depot in the 200 block of East Washington Street. Neal G. Moore, Indianapolis Star, "Teen found with gunshot wound at downtown bus depot," 5 July 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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