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

The empty warehouses drew artists looking for affordable rents and businesses followed. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb," 14 Nov. 2018 Now, the warehouse, rehabbed after taking on water during Maria, is brimming with boxes encased in plastic. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 When Brown opened his business three years ago, restaurants and tech companies were already moving into the ramshackle warehouses that dot Richmond’s waterfront. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Soon-to-open Richmond ferry terminal could revive shoreline, usher in gentrification," 5 July 2018 The new barrel warehouse, called a rickhouse, will be 300 foot long and 65 foot high. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Despite trade tariffs, Newport's New Riff Distilling ready to unveil bourbon," 18 June 2018 Now, having succeeded in centrally planning Amazon’s warehouse wages, Mr. Sanders wants to do the same to Walmart . James Freeman, WSJ, "Capitalism: Still Working," 15 Nov. 2018 Such devices could be everything from household appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners to warehouse delivery systems, smart traffic signs and aerial drones. Matthew Pennington, The Seattle Times, "US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech," 14 Nov. 2018 The company has demonstrated a voracious appetite for office space, distribution and logistics facilities, and warehouses; its capital expenditures are now roughly equivalent to Walmart, despite having just a handful of physical locations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 From warehouse parties to dance nights across the city that end at 10 a.m., the city of Pristina is an unlikely—and unmissable—destination. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For this to work, each entity — from factory to distributor to shipper to warehouse to store — would need to participate so that there are no gaps in the data. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "The technology behind bitcoin is coming for retail, and you probably won’t even notice.," 18 Oct. 2018 But when yield-seeking institutions filled their capacity for mortgage CDO notes, the bankers convinced their firms to warehouse the leftovers on their own balance sheets to keep the gravy train of placement revenues on the tracks. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "Get Ready for the Next Financial Crisis," 14 Sep. 2018 Poor folk—especially those of color—had to be warehoused in jails and rich folk had to be safeguarded their institutional sinecures. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Eliminating those benefits may reduce the attractiveness of working at Amazon warehouses longer term. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon to Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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