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

Just ten years ago, Power says, the scientific community knew virtually nothing about ape milk, let alone the milk of dozens of other exotic mammals whose samples now dominate the repository freezer. Zoe Sayler, Smithsonian, "What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation," 21 Mar. 2018 The battered nightstand the color of persimmons came courtesy of Morgan Hungerford West, the founder of A Creative DC, who scoured flea markets, antique stores, curbsides and other furniture repositories for the bedside tables. Andrea Sachs,, "Finding your religion at the Line, a new D.C. hotel in a former church," 5 Mar. 2018 These repositories often contain small snippets of code that do very basic things, like generate forms or change background images. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Simple Coding Mistake Left Donald Trump's Website Open to All Kinds of Chaos," 19 Aug. 2016 The event supports educational programs and the archival repository of the Jacksonville Historical Society. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "You'll Squee With Delight At This Award-Winning Up Gingerbread House," 24 Dec. 2018 Such a deal could help Apple make significant progress in its attempts to partner with more medical institutions and turn its mobile operating system into a repository for the storing and sharing of health data. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 Before the acquisition, the most code repositories that had moved to GitLab in an hour was 154, says senior product marketing manager William Chia. Klint Finley, WIRED, "GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance," 30 June 2018 Many have survived in such disparate places as the Matenadaran repository in Yerevan, the Armenian Catholic monasteries of San Lazzaro in Venice, and the Walters Art Museum in Maryland. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 2018 There may be no need to create elaborate ways to prevent unsuspecting people of the future from breaking into the waste repository, because nobody would ever want to visit this island in the first place. Tim Heffernan, Popular Mechanics, "Finland's Crazy Plan to Make Nuclear Waste Disappear," 10 May 2012

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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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