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

Some manufacturers, including Coca-Cola, have been asked to ship from their warehouses so Amazon can cut its own costs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A Russian disinformation campaign used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump," 17 Dec. 2018 For example, Big Reuse in Brooklyn, New York, takes donated furniture, appliances, and building materials from demolition and remodels and resells them from their warehouse. Emily Long, Curbed, "How to offload old fixtures after a home renovation," 2 Nov. 2018 And during that time, the company hired more than 100,000 new people in its warehouses. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O’Reilly on why the future doesn’t have to suck," 2 Aug. 2018 To aid those islands, FEMA had depleted its Puerto Rico warehouse, the report says. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 In the report, the organizations asked Amazon to develop better policies for policing its platforms, to destroy hateful merchandise in its warehouses, and to stop allowing such goods and content to be distributed through its services. Mihir Zaveri, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon is used to promote white supremacist merchandise, report says," 8 July 2018 Phipps asked whether Amazon would consolidate its three other Charlotte-area warehouses into the new airport site. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay," 5 July 2018 Meadors had been downsizing his belongings in South Florida and had stored some of his personal items at his company’s warehouse, such as the ammunition. Juan Ortega, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gun charges turn American's Cayman Islands retirement dream into possible prison nightmare," 7 June 2018 Wochit A Phoenix businessman was arrested on suspicion of setting a fire to his own warehouse to collect $120,050 in insurance money, state officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Phoenix businessman accused of setting fire to collect $120,050 in insurance funds," 30 May 2018

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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 And Lesandro’s death served as a counterpoint to recent criticism of law enforcement’s strategies to arrest gang members in large operations and to warehouse their names and affiliations in a computer database. New York Times, "Two More Suspects Arrested in Slaying of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, Bronx Teenager," 4 July 2018

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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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