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

Noun 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 As a parting gift, Whitten offered Pampanin a drawing from his repository. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A formerly homeless artist made a gift to Los Angeles. What happened next was a surprise," 4 Apr. 2021 The Oregon Health Authority is the state’s ultimate repository of health information, collecting data from coronavirus testing labs, contact tracers, providers who give COVID-19 shots and countless other entities. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers could strip state of unilateral power to conceal COVID-19 data, other public health information," 4 Apr. 2021 India has also become the fastest-growing market for GitHub with over one million developers having created their first repository on the platform in the last year. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "How GitHub is democratising coding for developers, students, and startups in India," 26 Mar. 2021 Star may be the repository for all the local and non-Disney-safe content from around the world. David Bloom, Forbes, "Three Questions For Disney’s Next 100 Million Streaming Subscribers," 10 Mar. 2021 The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is a repository of snapshots cataloging billions of pages across the web. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "5 sleuthing skills that’ll reveal the age of any web page," 9 Mar. 2021 What was supposed to be a repository for musings on future films instead became an alternating chronicle of their personal lives. New York Times, "Two Filmmakers Write Their Own Love Story," 7 Feb. 2021 Yes, the public is being denied the truth to which there is infinite value in this case, because another element not clarified or disclosed is a document repository. Ed Silverman, STAT, "‘The public is being denied the truth’: A legal expert blasts Purdue’s bankruptcy plan to end opioid lawsuits," 19 Mar. 2021 In the new world of cloud, that will probably be your code and code repository. Jeffrey Ton, Forbes, "Your Cloud Journey Starts With Your Team," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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“Repository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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