warehouse

noun
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

warehouse

verb
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 dangerous conditons in the warehouse has been central to the state’s case. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship witnesses say defendant wasn’t lead organizer of deadly concert," 13 June 2019 More than 30 firefighters responded to the scene of a huge fire that started in a warehouse on Southeast Long Street and Southeast 28th Avenue. oregonlive.com, "Large fire in Southeast Portland on Friday night," 7 June 2019 Manager Marcin Szczepanski said so few Poles are willing to work in warehouses now that the business could not function without the Ukrainians. Mstyslav Chernov, The Seattle Times, "Ukrainian workers, seeing little hope at home, head abroad," 25 Mar. 2019 Last year, hundreds of thousands of unsold Spectacles sat in a warehouse. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Snap," 27 Dec. 2018 According to its permit request, the company would blend the feedlot's manure with wood chips and stored in a warehouse to be processed into marketable fertilizer. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Missouri approves permit to expand cattle feedlot by Powell Gardens; appeal expected," 15 June 2018 Still functioning in the early 19th-century, Notre Dame was battered and half-ruined inside, having survived, as well, its conversion to a storage warehouse. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Nonetheless, Herrell has still not conceded; in early December, representatives of her campaign went to a warehouse to look over ballots. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 Esh started as a tiny project in the back room of a converted tire warehouse. BostonGlobe.com, "Her circus business embraces the unconventional," 14 July 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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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warehouse

verb

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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warehouse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warehouse

: a large building used for storing goods

warehouse

noun
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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