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

The Natural Hazards Center is a repository of sorts for research and best practices in the realm of emergencies and disaster. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018 But many independent experts, Pratt noted, worry Phobos is perhaps a repository of Martian life-forms, transferred there onboard material ejected into orbit by meteorite impacts on the planetary surface far below. Leonard David, Scientific American, "As Space Becomes a Busy Place, NASA Bolsters Its Planet-Contamination Police," 3 July 2018 Libraries have long been repositories of knowledge, mostly through archiving and lending books, and places to go when school is out for the summer. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "She was homeless until a Detroit library stepped in to help," 29 June 2018 GitHub now has more than 85 million code repositories. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 Billion, Moving to Grow in Coding’s New Era," 4 June 2018 As part of Microsoft's $7.5 billion purchase of cloud source code repository GitHub, the company is installing a new CEO. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s plan for GitHub: “Make GitHub better at being GitHub”," 7 June 2018 The idea of a centralized repository (a.k.a. personal-data store), which marketers would have to seek permission to access, has been proposed before. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Privacy Is Dead. Here’s What Comes Next," 6 May 2018 It's since become the world's No. 1 repository of Hemingway lore. Fox News, "Hemingway's life and legacy inspire new JFK Museum display," 29 June 2018 Before Nixon, presidents in effect owned their own papers, and they were scattered in various repositories until [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] started the presidential library system. Alana Abramson, Time, "Richard Nixon Is the Reason President Trump's Aides Have to Repair Documents He Rips Up," 11 June 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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