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

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 But, says winemaker Françoise Peschon (who collaborates with winemaker Nigel Kinsman), Laurea is not a repository for everything left on the cutting room floor. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2021 Throughout this ongoing effort, researchers have collected a vast repository of condor blood, feathers and tissue. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 Soil, which stores three times more carbon than the entire atmosphere, is the largest terrestrial carbon sink, offering a vast repository with immense, untapped capacity. Jo Handelsman, Scientific American, 14 Mar. 2021 These platforms provide clear advantages to recruiters, who would previously have had to rely on the strength of their networks to find the best candidates, but now can tap into a vast repository of talent with the ease of searching Google. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The insurer sought to consolidate all its third-party data in a central repository that could be shared seamlessly across the organization. Naresh Shetty, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 On the surface — and maybe this is close to how the company wants to be seen — Facebook is merely a repository, a digital reflection of the human experience. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 Known in Minnesota angling lore as the owner, with his wife, Judy, of the now-shuttered Koep's Nisswa Bait and Tackle, Marv is a veritable repository of all things fishing within a 100-mile circle of Brainerd. Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 In the United States in the two-thousands, LiveJournal was a repository of adolescent confessional blogging. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 19 July 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 29 Nov. 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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