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

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Task force member Tom Peterson, part of a subcommittee investigating the bus depot, said the property will soon get new landscaping and drip irrigation on the slope. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Fence planned for Newport Beach bus station as residents’ frustration about homelessness grows," 22 Aug. 2019 In April 1911, 11-year-old Eddie had the misfortune of being run over by a train while crossing the tracks near the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. depot. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering Eddie Bernstein, the legless beggar with the monkey named Gypsy," 17 Aug. 2019 The building continued to be used for railroads until 1980 when the city of Mount Clemens bought the depot and leased it to the Michigan Transit Museum. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 Tim Dietz and his wife, Kathy, bought the depot in 2004 and restored the building, which opened in the 1870s for the Boston and Maine Railroad. USA TODAY, "Momoa at Mauna Kea, Confederate context, Guthrie garbage tribute: News from around our 50 states," 2 Aug. 2019 The depot was originally beside the railroad tracks near Texas 35. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Video crew coming to Pearland to make documentary on historic depot," 17 July 2019 Investigators were still determining the cause of the fire, which Van Schaik estimated affected between 40 and 50 of the depot’s 500 to 600 total units. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Customers affected by I-680/Hwy. 4 interchange mini storage fire still being notified," 17 July 2019 Police used surveillance footage from the bus depot to track down Horner, of the 13000 block of South Western Avenue in Blue Island. Rosemary Sobol,, "Bail denied for man accused of sexually assaulting woman at homeless camp," 11 July 2019 The depot had also been struck just two months earlier, and both the detainees and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had warned of the dangers faced by those held there. Evan Hill, New York Times, "Europe Shut These Migrants Out, Then Libyan Rebels Bombed Them," 11 July 2019

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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

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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