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ware·​house ˈwer-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio)
: a structure or room for the storage of merchandise or commodities


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-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio)
warehoused; warehousing; warehouses

transitive verb

: to deposit, store, or stock in or as if in a warehouse
: 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
Groves have since given way to garages, ranches to warehouses. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 Indonesian fishers work on nets in a complex of warehouses by the port of Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, March 8, 2024. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Apr. 2024 The shipyard [where Dickie’s father works] was at the [Brooklyn] Navy Yard in an old warehouse space. Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Apr. 2024 The retail brand, which operates 604 warehouses in the United States, is open to members, who can purchase three different levels of membership. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 End of carousel Amazon has made deliveries lightning quick with its sophisticated technology (and building oodles of warehouses) to spread pallets of products around the country. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 The cars then left the warehouse — three cars went south and one went north, the military officials said. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The men involved cut the locks off railroad cars and cut holes in fences around the warehouses to gain unlawful access and carry out the crimes, according to the indictment. Nic F. Anderson, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Facebook Show more sharing options SAN DIEGO — San Diego plans to transform an empty warehouse near the city’s airport into a 65,000-square-foot homeless shelter with space for 1,000 people, showers, a kitchen, recreational areas and counseling services. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024
The number of idled wells soars too, as companies warehouse them to avoid costly cleanup. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 22 Feb. 2024 No one wants to go back to the asylums that warehoused patients in locked wards, often for decades. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 2024 America’s attempt to safely warehouse billions of secrets is failing from the top of the intel chain to the bottom. TIME, 29 Feb. 2024 These people were taken to sober living homes where they were ignored, denied counseling, warehoused and, according to court records, witnesses and one autopsy report, plied with alcohol. The Arizona Republic, 16 Jan. 2024 Daily deliveries of materials from Boston Spa, in Yorkshire, where almost a quarter of the library’s books are warehoused, were put on hold. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2023 Cain believes prisons can improve people, not just warehouse them. Frank E. Lockwood, arkansasonline.com, 11 Nov. 2023 In Washington state, a trial began on July 24 after the state's occupational safety regulator said that at three Amazon warehouses the ergonomics and pace of work, combined with the company’s discipline system, elevated the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. WIRED, 16 Aug. 2023 Patchett suggests that in these timeless locales, with their renewable springs of ghostly personae, characters can safely warehouse past versions of themselves and others. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of warehouse was in the 14th century

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“Warehouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warehouse. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a building for the storage of goods

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