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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ever since Jeffree Star announced that a Jeffree Star Cosmetics warehouse was broken into and $2.5 million in makeup was stolen, the beauty community has traded in their makeup brushes for detective hats. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Burlington Releases a Statement After Jeffree Star Accuses Them of Selling Stolen Makeup," 10 Apr. 2019 American Furniture Warehouse expects to start construction this fall on its store/warehouse of about 500,000 square feet, according to Charli Shaulis, a company spokesperson. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "American Furniture Warehouse to start Katy construction in fall," 7 July 2018 Available positions include mechanic, crane operator, administrative assistant, warehouse associate, electrician, roofing specialist and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician, according to CareerSource Broward. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Construction job fair July 11 in Broward," 5 July 2018 England is on a wartime footing, if the stockpiles of goods in warehouses are any indication. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shipping Fueling Up; Britain is Hoarding; Tesla Deliveries Stall," 5 Apr. 2019 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2017, around 271,990 people worked in warehouses as laborers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Boston Dynamics New Handle Bot Seems Destined For Warehouses," 28 Mar. 2019 City Parks and Recreation Director Amy Teegarden told the Spokesman-Review that the fountain initially will be stored in a city warehouse -- but it could be reassembled at a future date. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Which Confederate statues were removed? A running list," 21 Aug. 2018 Boston Children's Museum Housed in a former warehouse along the Fort Point channel, the Boston Children’s Museum has two floors of experiential learning areas for kids and kids at heart. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 July 2018 Her husband works two jobs, at BJ’s Wholesale Club and in a Barnes & Noble warehouse. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "At Toys ‘R’ Us, ‘There Is Nothing Left’: The Day It Closed for Good," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Goldman sold its metals-warehousing unit, and in 2014, JPMorgan Chase & Co. sold most of its commodities business to Mercuria Energy Group. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs in Talks to Buy a Tanker of Liquefied Natural Gas," 8 Aug. 2018 Also, Wayfair is currently hiring for warehousing roles in its Hebron, Erlanger, and Florence locations. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Psst…Here’s Your First Look at Wayfair’s New Outlet Store in Kentucky," 11 Feb. 2019 In November, on Black Friday, workers at Amazon warehouses workers in Spain, Germany, and France organized strikes, and protests were held in Italy and the United Kingdom. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 2018 But there are really none on this side of the border: The CBP agents who warehouse the kids and patrol their cages are more overworked than anything else. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Icebox’ Review: A Haunting Tale From the Border," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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