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

Machine-learning tools can not only rapidly search these libraries, but can also generate virtual repositories of new compounds that have similar properties to the most promising molecules. Irving Wladawsky-berger, WSJ, "AI for Molecular Design," 30 Apr. 2019 Youngblood and colleagues recently released a paper detailing the March 2016 event on, a repository for scientific papers frequently used before studies are published in a journal. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Ultra-Powerful Flare Erupted From Our Nearest Neighbor Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Now more and more my crap is digital, and Facebook is its biggest repository. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delete Your Account," 10 Feb. 2019 Some of that is thanks to its wide repository of dirty jokes, which are among the best on television. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How Big Mouth season 2 turns the horrors of puberty into sweet, nuanced comedy," 5 Oct. 2018 The Orchard Rafa is the protagonist, emotionally opaque though affecting in his devotion to his family’s honor, but Úrsula is the repository of her tribe’s belief in a magical world beyond their ken. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019 That’s important to find out because one day, the goal is to store all the radioactive fuel that’s used up and spit out by nuclear power plants in the US at a central, underground repository. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Have nuclear fuel transportation cask, will travel," 3 Aug. 2018 At the underground repository in 2014, a barrel of radioactive waste ruptured after being inappropriately packed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Washington Post, "Officials say radioactive sludge barrel ruptures now total 4," 25 Apr. 2018 Their hope is to create self-sovereign, digital identities that can remain under a user’s control, capable of quick and secure validation without the need for a centralized repository. Frederic Kerrest, Fortune, "Commentary: How Blockchain Could Put an End to Identity Theft," 20 Apr. 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 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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