re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē \
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

Omni also includes a tool to help creative talent and advertisers find visuals that resonate with specific audiences, as well as a repository of available digital and TV ad slots for sale at any given time. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Omnicom Boosts Data Effort With New Marketing Platform," 12 July 2018 While Corda is nominally open source, this person said R3 has held back on key code contributions to public repositories. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Blockchain Firm R3 Is Running Out of Money, Sources Say," 7 June 2018 The repositories presented Dr Komarova and her team with more than 500,000 songs that had been tagged by algorithms which had been trained to detect numerous musical features. The Economist, "What makes good music?," 17 May 2018 Since its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica became public, Facebook has pledged to review all third-party apps on the platform while introducing new transparency measures, including an online repository of all political ads that run on the site. Tony Romm And Elizabeth Dwoskin,, "Facebook is slapped with first fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal," 10 July 2018 It is powered by our repository of private health care claims data, the nation’s largest. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Website offers a living laboratory for examining health care prices and quality," 12 June 2018 GitHub is the code-repository company popular with many software developers. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Why Andreessen Horowitz Wrote GitHub’s First Big Check Back in 2012," 4 June 2018 Because the chip is now available, Intel has added it to its ARK repository of chip data, which confirms that the i3-8121U is indeed a Cannon Lake chip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel finally reveals its first 10nm Cannon Lake chip: A Core i3 for notebooks," 16 May 2018 One moves at 2400 kilometers per second, putting it among the fastest objects in the galaxy, the team reported on 30 April in a paper posted to the preprint repository arXiv. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "One of the Milky Way’s fastest stars is an invader from another galaxy," 8 May 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of repository 

of a drug

: designed to act over a prolonged period repository penicillin

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