warehouse

noun
ware·house | \ˈwer-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of warehouse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a structure or room for the storage of merchandise or commodities

warehouse

verb
ware·house | \ˈwer-ˌhau̇z, -ˌhau̇s\
warehoused; warehousing; warehouses

Definition of warehouse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to deposit, store, or stock in or as if in a warehouse

2 : to confine or house (a person) in conditions suggestive of a warehouse

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Examples of warehouse in a Sentence

Noun

when the warehouse burned down, we lost most of our merchandise

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aurora aldermen have approved an office, warehouse and distribution building in the West Corporate Center on the northeast side of Aurora. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018 Troop F’s control over the several-block section of the Seaport is based on a law enacted when that part of the city was little more than industrial warehouses and parking lots. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 2018 Kentucky's bourbon sector is in the midst of a more than $1.1 billion boom that includes expanded production facilities, more storage warehouses and new tourism centers. CBS News, "Torrents of alcohol gushed into retention ponds after Kentucky distillery collapse," 6 July 2018 Amazon has helped bring big warehouses and other e-commerce infrastructure to India. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 But in this case, the city tied the incentives to the company's expected $200 million investment in a new warehouse and high-tech equipment. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay," 5 July 2018 Almena, 48, master tenant of the Ghost Ship live-work art warehouse, and Harris, 28, the space’s creative director, are both charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant’s lawyer says plea deal may happen Friday," 29 June 2018 The same warehouses and heavily mechanized factories spring up in depopulated fields and forests, and little towns are emptied of working-age people, leaving the same desolate hinterlands. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 Since May, the agency has been systematically separating children from their parents, and the kids have been housed in former warehouses and camps around the country. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft staff call on company to end ICE contract," 20 June 2018

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And Lesandro’s death served as a counterpoint to recent criticism of law enforcement’s strategies to arrest gang members in large operations and to warehouse their names and affiliations in a computer database. New York Times, "Two More Suspects Arrested in Slaying of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, Bronx Teenager," 4 July 2018 Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018 Atrium also took all triage nurses out of practice facilities and warehoused them in a single building in Mint Hill, the suit says. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Mecklenburg Medical Group doctors can break away, Atrium says," 2 Apr. 2018 An aid worker with contacts in Algeria told the AP that the mass detentions continue, but now migrants, including dozens of pregnant women, are warehoused in overcrowded jails. Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback," 13 July 2018 An aid worker with contacts in Algeria told the AP that the mass detentions continue, but now migrants, including dozens of pregnant women, are warehoused in overcrowded jails. Fox News, "Algeria stops forcing migrants into Sahara after outrage," 13 July 2018 The company also paid flat salaries to warehouse and yard employees, creating similar violations when those employees worked overtime without receiving any additional payment, the release said. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Houston pool company pays upwards of $55,000 to employees in back wages and liquidated damages," 10 July 2018 Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018 Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of warehouse

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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warehouse

verb

Financial Definition of warehouse

What It Is

Warehousing is the process of accumulating shares in a company for the purpose of eventually acquiring the firm.

How It Works

Let's say the John Doe Hedge Fund is thinking about acquiring a controlling interest in Company XYZ next year. Rather than make a big tender offer for the shares right now, it simply starts buying a few thousand shares here and a few thousand shares there over the next 12 months. In other words, it begins warehousing the shares.

Why It Matters

Warehousing accomplishes several things. First, it allows a potential acquirer to take advantage of short-term dips in the target's share price (in other words, it buys shares when they're "on sale"). Second, it avoids having to buy big blocks of shares in one fell swoop, which can make the stock price spike and reveal the company's real intentions. Accordingly, warehousing allows a company to fly "under the radar" for a time. However, the SEC does require anyone who exceeds a 5% ownership threshold to file a form 13G or 13D, which means the size of the company's position will eventually become public and trackable by others.

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warehouse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warehouse

: a large building used for storing goods

warehouse

noun
ware·house | \ˈwer-ˌhau̇s \
plural warehouses\-ˌhau̇-zəz \

Kids Definition of warehouse

: a building for storing goods and merchandise

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