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

The flag is a repository for politics now, not just patriotism. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Like it or not, Nike's 'Betsy Ross' controversy shows politics in sports here to stay," 3 July 2019 Again, there's that remarkable repository of knowledge on instant recall. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Tammie Brown, the Original 'Drag Race' Oddball, Eyes World Domination," 24 June 2019 At that point, Schlossberg says, elephant populations are especially vulnerable because the older females are the repositories of the herd’s collective wisdom. National Geographic, "How strong is Africa’s last elephant stronghold?," 13 June 2019 The court, though, sits idle, a repository for weeds and wildlife. Jon Wertheim,, "She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight," 28 June 2019 South Florida, with its large Jewish population, is one of the country’s richest repositories of artifacts and eyewitness memories of Nazi-era atrocities. Catie Wegman,, "Families donate Holocaust artifacts in 'race against time’," 26 June 2019 This collection is now a major repository of sartorial history. Jacques Kelly,, "'A leading force in shaping the sartorial identity of the city': Unraveling the threads Lottie Barton's life," 22 June 2019 Yet being the repository of such information does not entirely explain how these firms came to dominate their respective markets. The Economist, "More knock-on than networkThe story of the internet is all about layers," 28 June 2018 But countless others, like Ashley’s, keep reposting entreaties for years, creating online repositories of lives and faces that together suggest a larger pattern of violence—something much darker than just a few women lost here and there. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019

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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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