ware·​house | \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio) \

Definition of warehouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


ware·​house | \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇z, -ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio) \
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 Kasheem Delesbore, a warehouse worker in northeastern Pennsylvania, is neither conservative nor liberal. New York Times, "Vaccine Skepticism Was Viewed as a Knowledge Problem. It’s Actually About Gut Beliefs.," 29 Apr. 2021 The warehouse worker, who listed an address in Corona but appeared to be experiencing homelessness, was booked in the Theo Lacy jail facility in Orange County with bail set at $65,000, according to online records. Los Angeles Times, "Elderly Korean couple attacked in Orange park by same man who harassed Olympian, police say," 19 Apr. 2021 Senator Bernie Sanders made a trip to Bessemer in support of the union drive, and brought a Bessemer warehouse worker before the Senate Budget Committee to testify at a hearing on income inequality last week. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Will Amazon unionize?," 28 Mar. 2021 Bezos declined the invitation, but the committee heard from Jennifer Bates, an Amazon warehouse worker who supports unionizing. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders visits Alabama in boost to Amazon workers' union effort," 26 Mar. 2021 In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of March 7th," 7 Mar. 2021 Set in Istanbul, a warehouse worker takes in a young boy and is forced to confront his own difficult upbringing. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Netflix in March: College admissions scandal doc, Michelle Obama with puppets and Katharine McPhee," 24 Feb. 2021 The single mother and warehouse worker had hit some financial problems, putting her behind on her monthly rent at Frontier Apartments, a complex in Roanoke. Washington Post, "Eviction is big business for this law firm. Tenants say it buries them with unfair fees.," 18 Feb. 2021 The robots — which use artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies — can reduce the total distance a warehouse worker walks during a shift by up to 80 percent, Faulk said. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Locus Robotics raises $150 million, reaching ‘unicorn’ status amid boom in warehouse automation," 17 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amazon will face its first union vote on U.S. soil in seven years on Feb. 8, when ballots will be mailed to warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., for an election that could emerge as a major labor battle at one of the country’s largest employers. Washington Post, "Amazon to face first U.S. unionization vote in seven years next month," 15 Jan. 2021 Linda Rosenthal is the Democratic New York state assembly member who last year proposed a law to fine landlords who warehouse apartments for more than three months. Will Parker, WSJ, "Manhattan Landlords Take Apartments Off Market During Rental Slump," 7 Mar. 2021 Surprisingly, Amazon supported the measure, with one condition: the company wanted the law to apply to all online marketplaces, including its competitors who, for example, do not warehouse and ship products sold by third-party merchants. Washington Post, "Burning laptops and flooded homes: Courts hold Amazon liable for faulty products," 29 Aug. 2020 Fresh Market plans to build a store at the site of the shuttered Kmart at 163rd Street and Harlem and use a portion of the store to warehouse non-grocery items. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus shutdown takes bite out of Tinley Park revenues," 19 Aug. 2020 Overall, the one category that has seen an increase in job postings during the pandemic has been operations and logistics, which includes everything from FedEx workers to warehouse jobs at Amazon to delivery workers for Shipt or Instacart. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's job market coming back slowly as companies remain cautious," 7 Aug. 2020 Together, the sales and adoptions put about 7,000 horses into private hands last year, not enough even to keep pace with roundups, let alone draw down the number now warehoused. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "A Mustang Crisis Looms in the West," 22 Mar. 2020 Holland had to shutter and repurpose 19 prisons in 2013 after the success of strategies that returned people to contribute to their communities with monitoring and support, instead of using taxpayer dollars to warehouse them in prisons. Joyce White Vance, Time, "The Coronavirus Is Hitting Our Nation's Prisons and Jails Hard. And It's Exposing a Crisis That Existed Long Before the Outbreak," 22 Apr. 2020 Disability rights advocates sued the state, arguing that mentally ill people had been warehoused in Oceanview and other adult homes in New York City, violating their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "These Homes for Mentally Ill Adults Have Been Notoriously Mismanaged. Now, One Is a Gruesome Crime Scene.," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of warehouse


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warehouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warehouse. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warehouse

: a large building used for storing goods


ware·​house | \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio) \
plural warehouses\ -​ˌhau̇-​zəz \

Kids Definition of warehouse

: a building for storing goods and merchandise

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