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

Examples of warehouse in a Sentence

Noun when the warehouse burned down, we lost most of our merchandise
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this year, Forgotten Harvest opened a new 78,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse in Oak Park. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 NorthPoint plans to spend about a year constructing the warehouse and logistics center. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 11 Aug. 2022 Since then, the logistics company has acquired more than six rivals, cementing its position as Italy’s largest transport and warehouse operator for the healthcare industry and expanding its operations in Brazil, the U.K. and Spain. Ben Dummett, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 There are more warehouse and logistics workers today and fewer employees working for hotels and airlines. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 The duo was soon making trips to a warehouse and workshop where some of the last F.O.C.A. materials were kept and passed along their discoveries to a two-person restoration team working under Stramare. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 The joint venture plans to develop distribution, warehouse, and logistics space on a speculative and build-to-suit basis. Scott Turner | Sturner@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2022 In the material handling area, there are special considerations, such as the size of a distribution center or warehouse, that must be addressed in order to create a reasonable ROI time frame. John Hayes, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 After more than two years and $32 million in renovations, downtown Charleston's public library reopened to the public – less a warehouse of books, and more a marketplaces of ideas. CBS News, 24 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In one example, a builder worked with a dealer to order a large inventory of windows that the dealer would warehouse and that would allow the builder to continue to produce instead of waiting for the long lead times. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Amazon, for its part, has conveyed its anti-union stance to warehouse workers through signage inside its warehouses, text messages, and meetings that workers were required to attend before the election periods kicked off. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Some offers are aimed at filling openings that have languished in Europe since the reopening of economies after coronavirus lockdowns, in industries ranging from health care in Germany to warehouse work in the Czech Republic. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Now, the official purpose of incarceration was retribution only; the unofficial purpose was to warehouse the nation’s poor. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 At the time, California’s state prisons were at 200 percent capacity: 160,000 people living in facilities meant to warehouse 80,000. Piper French, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 Sydneysiders are facing empty shelves at some supermarkets as exploding coronavirus cases force a range of staff from truck drivers to warehouse workers into isolation. Swati Pandey, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 In the aughts, state and local governments started to build towards this, but efforts largely lost momentum without the funding needed to build and maintain the infrastructure to warehouse such huge troves of data. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Past employees — not only retail consultants who were scammed, but also warehouse workers and designers — will be featured in the documentary. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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