ga·​rage | \gə-ˈräzh, -ˈräj; Canadian also -ˈrazh, -ˈraj; British usually ˈga-(ˌ)räzh, -(ˌ)räj, -rij \

Definition of garage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shelter or repair shop for automotive vehicles

2 : a cabinet with a vertical rolling door that is used for storing a small kitchen appliance


garaged; garaging

Definition of garage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to keep or put in a garage

Examples of garage in a Sentence


a house with a two-car garage My car was making a strange noise, so I brought it to the garage.


He garaged the car for the winter.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If parking in garage, be sure to take a ticket or mark name of floor, as they are named after sports teams. WSJ, "Chicago O’Hare International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From ORD," 14 Nov. 2018 Just last month, The Boring Company received approval from the Hawthorne City Council to build an entrance to the Hawthorne tunnel from the garage of a residential building nearby. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk tweets a date for the opening of his first Los Angeles tunnel," 22 Oct. 2018 The fire was reported at 12:45 a.m. in the garage of a home in the 300 block of 127th Street Southeast. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Man killed, 6 hospitalized after duplex fire south of Everett," 13 Sep. 2018 The duo relocated to the garage of Susan Wojcicki, who would later become CEO of YouTube in Menlo Park, California. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 The incident reportedly happened in the garage of a home in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Teenager Is Facing Manslaughter Charges After Allegedly Shooting and Killing His Friend," 16 Aug. 2018 Someone — police never identified a suspect — vandalized Ventura’s Toyota 4Runner in the parking garage of his apartment complex on Madison Avenue near the Country Club Plaza. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 One Florida man wanted tenants out of an apartment off the garage of his home. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He wanted to get rid of apartment tenants. Then, the bombs went off, cops say," 11 June 2018 The animal’s brief stay in the garage of Wilson’s home near 191st Street and Riegel Road ended on May 1. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Homewood woman gives up miniature horse she claimed helped her to cope with trauma," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 1989 it was loosened to allow residents to garage passenger pickups. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Get That Truck Out: A Town’s Pickup Ban Runs Into Blowback," 1 July 2018 How to keep rodents out of your car Noble encouraged drivers to look under the hood of a vehicle that has been garaged for a long period of time or doesn't get used much. Christina Hall, ajc, "Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why," 8 May 2018 Noble encouraged drivers to look under the hood of a vehicle that has been garaged for a long period of time or doesn't get used much. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why," 7 May 2018 Insurance companies use ZIP codes to contain the costs of claims to the areas where people who generated the claims live, raising premiums for everyone who garages a car there. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit car insurance: Why Cleveland has it way cheaper," 23 Mar. 2018 Over nine albums, 12 singles and two EPs, the band explored dusty detours, from country to punk to rockabilly to hard rock to garage rock. John Petkovic,, "Cleveland's punkabilly Cowslingers reunite for rare show at Beachland," 4 Jan. 2018 The yellow 1955 Corvette that the governor drove to the ribbon-cutting is safely garaged. Andy Newman, New York Times, "If This Bridge Were on Broadway, It Would Be ‘Hamilton’," 31 Aug. 2017 The parking garages the City owns that are attached to the stadiums could be sold as part of the stadium disposition or sold independently. Michael C. Dealoia,, "What the next Cleveland mayor should do to help area's tech Industry, Part 3: Tech Czar Talk," 20 Aug. 2017 RepairPal uses the same database that garages use to figure out how long a repair should take. Tom Krisher,, "How to avoid being a victim on the car-repair front," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of garage


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garage


borrowed from French, "docking (of a boat), place to store vehicles," from garer "to dock, moor" (going back to Middle French guerrer, garrer "to moor (a boat), shelter (merchandise)," going back to Old French (Brittany) varer "to protect oneself against," probably borrowed from Old Norse vara "to warn," varask "to be on one's guard") + -age -age — more at ware entry 3


derivative of garage entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of garage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a building or part of a building in which a car, truck, etc., is kept

: a shop where vehicles are repaired



English Language Learners Definition of garage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put or keep (a car, truck, etc.) in a garage


ga·​rage | \gə-ˈräzh, -ˈräj\

Kids Definition of garage

1 : a building or part of a building where vehicles are kept when not in use

2 : a shop where vehicles are repaired

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