re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce repository (audio) \
plural repositories

Definition of repository

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place, room, or container where something is deposited or stored : depository
2 : a side altar in a Roman Catholic church where the consecrated Host is reserved from Maundy Thursday until Good Friday
3 : one that contains or stores something nonmaterial considered the book a repository of knowledge
4 : a place or region richly supplied with a natural resource
5 : a person to whom something is confided or entrusted



Definition of repository (Entry 2 of 2)

of a drug
: designed to act over a prolonged period repository penicillin

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Examples of repository in a Sentence


a repository for nuclear waste He is the repository of many secrets. She is the repository of her family's history.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The purpose of the Arch Mission Foundation is to send repositories of human knowledge into strategic locations in space. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 Few regions of the country have been endowed with such a rich repository of water, land and minerals, or have seen natural resources so grossly mismanaged, than the three states and 50 counties along the first 180 miles of the Ohio. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 Several sources have confirmed that the vault did indeed house a vast repository of original master recordings by innumerable artists. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "Universal Music Group, in initial count, cites only 22 masters lost in fire," 17 July 2019 The fossil remains were lifted from a cliff terrace quarry onto flatbed trailers and were taken to a federal repository on the college’s Craig campus. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Helicopter helps haul dinosaur fossils in northwestern Colorado," 11 July 2019 And over the years, my house has become a house of things, a repository of my collections. Susan Harlan, Curbed, "The dish store that is my home away from home," 11 July 2019 With Perot running outside the two-party system, his candidacies became the repository of frustrations from every corner of American life. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Ross Perot, a Morning Star of Trumpism," 9 July 2019 Detective Ryan Gramillion used genetic genealogy to find a match from a public repository of DNA samples. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oregon man to face trial in 2006 La Mesa slaying using a sword," 19 June 2019 This karst cave system harbors fascinating geological formations, footprints of prehistoric humans, and a repository of 25,000-year-old bear skeletons. National Geographic, "Italy: Hidden Treasures of the Northwest," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of repository


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of repository

: a place where a large amount of something is stored
: a person who possesses a lot of information, wisdom, etc.


re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈpäz-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce repository (audio) \

Medical Definition of repository

of a drug
: designed to act over a prolonged period repository penicillin

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to spread over or through

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