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 How to pronounce warehouse (audio) , -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 Once she was cleared, Bader filled plastic bags with canned vegetables, meat and peanut butter at a United Food Bank warehouse in Mesa. USA Today, "‘This is not the time to do nothing’: Volunteers risk lives to deliver food to the needy," 15 May 2020 Southern Willamette Valley donations were collected at King Estate Winery’s warehouse in Cottage Grove. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Million-dollar convoy of Oregon wine delivers smiles to coronavirus caregivers," 7 May 2020 When the threat of coronavirus shuttered her daughter’s kindergarten and pre-K programs, Jacqueline Carcamo left her job at a warehouse in Garland to take care of her two children. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Texas excludes retail, restaurant workers from daycare help even as the number of childcare operators falls by 40%," 30 Apr. 2020 Even with the government commandeering the nation’s mask supply, authorities made high-profile seizures north of Paris last month, including 32,500 masks from a warehouse in Saint-Ouen and an additional 28,800 masks from a store in Aubervilliers. Fox News, "French police seize 140,000 coronavirus face masks intended for black market, reports say," 28 Apr. 2020 The new coronavirus has already infected workers at more than 50 Amazon warehouses in just the US. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Amazon faces new legal scrutiny over its employees’ health and safety," 28 Apr. 2020 Thomas Olinger, finance chief at Prologis Inc., among the largest owners of warehouses in the world, predicted that tenants will carry more inventory to protect against future shocks. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Fewer Products, Localized Production—Companies Seek Supply-Chain Solutions," 26 Apr. 2020 As the coronavirus began to spread through Japan in March, workers at a warehouse in Sugito that processes millions of personal care products each day were overrun by a spike in demand for masks, gloves, soap, and hand sanitizer. Will Knight, Wired, "As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps," 25 Apr. 2020 To be sure, narcotics are still making their way into the U.S., as evidenced by a bust last month in which nearly $30 million worth of street drugs were seized in a new smuggling tunnel connecting a warehouse in Tijuana to southern San Diego. Jim Mustian And Jake Bleiberg, Houston Chronicle, "‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Positive cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed at nearly a dozen Amazon warehouses across the country. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon employee at Indianapolis warehouse tested positive for coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 Almost 400 low-income senior citizens a month depend on the food bank, which warehouses and distributes produce and nonperishable items to a network of more than 200 agencies that are delivering the food to those in need. al, "Young Alabama volunteers needed to feed elderly during coronavirus pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Stash houses are scattered on the U.S. side of the border, as well, to warehouse migrants until their trips deeper into the U.S. can be organized, usually guided by U.S. citizens or Mexicans with U.S. visas. Washington Post, "What crackdown? Migrant smuggling business adapts, thrives," 19 Dec. 2019 Uber competitor Lyft has referred its drivers to warehouse and delivery jobs with Amazon, which is hiring 100,000 people. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "What Uber should do now," 7 Apr. 2020 Residents were warehoused and exploited for profit. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Now That Coronavirus Is Inside This Adult Home for the Elderly or Mentally Ill, It May Be Impossible to Stop," 2 Apr. 2020 Even before the Saudi-Russian price war began, oil buyers had been warehousing large amounts of fuel on the high seas. Summer Said, WSJ, "Overloaded Storage Facilities Likely to Mean Even Lower Oil Prices," 18 Mar. 2020

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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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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