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

Definition of warehouse

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: 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 The Wuhan government dismissed one government official, and warned another two over taking masks from a Red Cross warehouse. Julia Hollingsworth And Natalie Thomas, CNN, "China's Red Cross is under fire for not getting supplies to hospitals. That's a problem for the government," 6 Feb. 2020 About 150,000 discs have been requested from a warehouse that is holding around 750,000, according to an email update from Murfie Customer Returns Service LLC, an independent organization set up to help customers get their music back. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Defunct music storage service Murfie's assets acquired by another company," 29 Jan. 2020 The governor pledged not to charge any people who had taken supplies from the warehouse. Alejandra Rosa, New York Times, "Video Reveals Unused Earthquake Aid in Puerto Rico: ‘We Are Outraged’," 20 Jan. 2020 On December 7, 2016, a drone departed from an Amazon warehouse in the United Kingdom, ascended to an altitude of four hundred feet, and flew to a nearby farm. Jake Bittle, Harper's magazine, "The Birds," 20 Jan. 2020 According to Acevedo, the Fire Department Bureau removed and distributed aid from the warehouse to those affected by the earthquakes. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Puerto Rico governor fires 2 more officials after emergency supplies found sitting in warehouse," 19 Jan. 2020 According to court documents, Dargahi lives less than a mile from the warehouse. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Man charged with arson in Over-the-Rhine brewery warehouse fire," 18 Jan. 2020 Nashua: Three employees were sickened by a cleaning chemical at an Amazon warehouse, fire officials said Thursday. USA TODAY, "Gray whale tows calf, wolves on the move, John Dillinger won’t be exhumed; News from around our 50 states," 11 Jan. 2020 The following month several dozen workers at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota briefly walked off the job to protest working conditions; last year, 1,500 Amazon workers protested the company’s environmental impact. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A Big Union Wants to Make Videogame Workers' Lives More Sane," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Richard complained that even that behemoth building was inadequate to the inflow, which meant that books were being warehoused in large numbers. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Reading Like a Child," 12 Sep. 2019 The library-housing combos are modest-sized structures rather than enormous complexes built to warehouse the poor. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago shows how public housing and libraries can coexist and be visually stunning. Now we need more of them.," 22 Aug. 2019 No one escaped from Block 22, where prisoners were warehoused until trucks came to cart them away to the gas chamber. National Geographic, "The first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz brought 999 young women. This is their story.," 14 Jan. 2020 Space becomes even more of a premium for sportsmen trying to warehouse all of the toys, tools, and gadgets of the modern outdoor lifestyle. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Storage Solutions for Home or Camp," 19 Nov. 2019 In 1924, the company bought the farmland around Mallows Bay and warehoused about 140 of the ships in the bay. Washington Post, "In Mallows Bay, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive," 20 Sep. 2019 In 1924, the company bought the farmland around Mallows Bay and warehoused about 140 of the ships in the bay. Amy Brecount White, chicagotribune.com, "On the Potomac, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive," 20 Sep. 2019 The jobs range from software engineers, who can earn more than $100,000 a year, to warehouse workers who are paid at least $15 an hour to pack and ship online orders. CBS News, "Amazon to hire 30,000 workers at job fairs in 6 cities on September 17," 10 Sep. 2019 Neither soulless tract housing nor warehousing the poor in anonymous public housing would turn out to be the answer to the problem of affordable housing. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 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 28 Feb. 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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