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warehouse

noun ware·house \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇s \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of warehouse

: a structure or room for the storage of merchandise or commodities

Examples of warehouse in a Sentence

  1. when the warehouse burned down, we lost most of our merchandise

Recent Examples of warehouse from the Web

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First Known Use of warehouse

14th century


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warehouse

verb ware·house \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇z , -ˌhau̇s \

Definition of warehouse

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

Recent Examples of warehouse from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'warehouse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of warehouse

1766


Financial Definition of WAREHOUSE

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.


WAREHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

warehouse

noun

Definition of warehouse for English Language Learners

  • : a large building used for storing goods


WAREHOUSE Defined for Kids

warehouse

noun ware·house \ ˈwer-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of warehouse for Students

plural warehouses \-ˌhau̇-zəz\
: a building for storing goods and merchandise


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