repository

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noun

re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce repository (audio)
plural repositories
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

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adjective

of a drug
: designed to act over a prolonged period
repository penicillin

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Black family is a repository of our culture, history and values, acting as a conduit through which our rich heritage is passed down from generation to generation. Shermichael Singleton, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2024 Steps to Take: • Make your code repositories public and encourage contributions from your community. Justin Maier, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2024 Teaching Tips Incorporate primary sources: What does President Gerald Ford’s unconditional pardon of Nixon in September 1974 suggest about the integrity of presidential records? Consider issues of access: Presidential libraries serve as repositories for presidential records. Matthew Wills, JSTOR Daily, 25 June 2024 The Dairymen’s Association has also helped to provide protective equipment to its members through the National Stockpile, a national repository, Hahn said. Elizabeth Walsh, Idaho Statesman, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for repository 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repository was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Repository.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repository. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

repository

noun
re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry
ri-ˈpäz-ə-ˌtōr-ē,
-ˌtȯr-
plural repositories
1
: a place or container where something is deposited or stored
2
: one that contains or stores something immaterial
a repository of knowledge

Medical Definition

repository

adjective
re·​pos·​i·​to·​ry ri-ˈpäz-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce repository (audio)
of a drug
: designed to act over a prolonged period
repository penicillin

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