repository

noun
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

repository

adjective

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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Nor is the European Union’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), which is a partial measure at best, and hypocritical in light of the new EU common identity repository. Don Tapscott, Quartz, "We’re living in an era of digital feudalism. Here’s how to take your data and identity back," 11 Sep. 2019 The ventilation overhaul was prompted by a radiation release in 2014 that contaminated parts of the repository and forced its closure for nearly three years. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 The secretary also serves as the official repository of public and corporate records, chief international protocol officer and Abbott’s liaison for Mexican and border affairs. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott taps Hispanic former aide as secretary of state after noncitizen voter flap," 19 Aug. 2019 The federal government has spent between $15 billion and $19 billion to construct the repository that would permanently store nuclear waste in geological recesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where could the nuclear waste at San Onofre go? It’s not an easy question to answer," 27 July 2019 The Brainwash data set was removed from its original website last month after Adam Harvey, an activist in Germany who tracks the use of these repositories through a website called MegaPixels, drew attention to it. Cade Metz, New York Times, "Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face," 13 July 2019 About 1,200 years ago, a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca in what is now Bolivia became the repository of a people’s most valued possessions. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Hints of mysterious religion discovered in world’s highest lake," 1 Apr. 2019 Liberty Wildlife, which will use $20,000 to help hire a person to manage its unique feather repository program. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Alwun House to transform lot into park with help from $30,000 USA TODAY NETWORK grant," 10 Sep. 2019 Contact the repository at 303-729-2211 to start the ball rolling. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Richmond sisters find stuffed bald eagle in parents’ home; now what?," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of repository

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1950, in the meaning defined above

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repository

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repository

formal
: a place where a large amount of something is stored
: a person who possesses a lot of information, wisdom, etc.

repository

adjective
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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