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 Another Amazon tool, CamelCamelCamel is a repository of tons of Amazon deals and data. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, "The best Cyber Monday deals 2020: The best early deals at Best Buy, Target, Samsung, and more," 13 Nov. 2020 But under the hood, both parent and fork are part of the same repository at the underlying Git level. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "GitHub’s source code was leaked on GitHub last night… sort of," 5 Nov. 2020 This repository can be leveraged to improve comprehension of and confidence in AI outputs. Satish Gattadahalli, STAT, "Ten steps to ethics-based governance of AI in health care," 3 Nov. 2020 The repository of knowledge that distinguishes our nation's government, ready to be furnished no matter who sits in the Oval Office, would drain away. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, "Order constitutesfederal disorder," 25 Oct. 2020 Yakima Nation elder Whitefoot is one such repository of tribal wisdom and lore. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Native Americans battle COVID-19 and other voting obstacles as Election Day nears," 25 Oct. 2020 The company must provide the EPA with information indicating that the carbon won’t escape to the surface and be released into the air, thus defeating the purpose of the repository. Mark Schleifstein,, "Lake Charles company to permanently store millions of tons of greenhouse gases 10,000 feet below ground," 18 Oct. 2020 The potential exoplanet likely has a mass similar to Mars, researchers said in the study published on the repository. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Bizarre, Earth-sized rogue planet found floating in Milky Way," 30 Oct. 2020 This week, plans were announced to build a new repository to house the $15.5 million Phil Collins collection of Battle of the Alamo artifacts and documents. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio’s lack of leadership on the Alamo Plaza redevelopment project begs for change," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Repository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce repository (audio)

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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