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

Noun when the warehouse burned down, we lost most of our merchandise
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Olsen, also 58, exclaims in the clip, looking at shelves of vintage dolls in the warehouse. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Brady Bunch Kids Joke They're 'Antiques' as They Try to Recreate Famous Childhood Rooms," 16 Sep. 2019 Mengiste, 46, had been too tired after a shift stacking boxes in a District warehouse to attend church with the three other Ethiopian immigrants who shared the top floor of 708 Kennedy Street NW. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "‘A failing of the systems’: In rowhouse fire, D.C. missed many chances to save lives," 14 Sep. 2019 Duke was living in Nashville and working in a warehouse when Brown brought him back to Marin to help out with Rancho Nicasio in 1998. Paul Liberatore, The Mercury News, "Hit songwriter for Huey Lewis finally has an album of his own, after 40 years," 13 Sep. 2019 Co-founder and CEO Tony Karlowicz said that the brewery is spending about $500,000 on a 4,500-square-foot tap room that is in the same warehouse. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield’s two breweries are expanding to add food, a tap room and private event spaces," 7 Sep. 2019 However, the actual place's vast acreage can't be recreated in a warehouse. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "'Dallas'-famous Southfork Ranch now welcoming overnight guests," 5 Sep. 2019 By showing Lai sitting in a dark warehouse with a red apple on his scalp, being pelted with incoming arrows fired by a shadowy figure. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 The laborious process meant extracting shipping information from Amazon warehouses to calculate contribution profit. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent," 16 Sep. 2019 Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The prevailing view among economists and technologists is that for the next few years, digital technology, from clever software to warehouse robots, will mainly change jobs rather than destroy them. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Amazon’s Latest Experiment: Retraining Its Work Force," 11 July 2019 Amazon is looking for all kinds of workers, from software engineers, who can earn more than $100,000 a year, to warehouse staff paid at least $15 an hour to pack and ship online orders. Joseph Pisani, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon Career Day: Job fairs in Chicago, 5 other cities as online giant seeks to hire 30,000 nationwide," 9 Sep. 2019 Fallon said after Pearson invests more in its digital platforms, the company can reduce costs for warehousing large amounts of inventory. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Pearson ditches print textbooks for college students in digital-first strategy," 16 July 2019 As The New Yorker’s Rachel Aviv reported, Parks had these seniors declared incompetent, assumed guardianship, warehoused them in low-grade nursing facilities and liquidated their estates against family members’ objections. Julian Lucas, New York Times, "The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times," 2 May 2018 And people who are sick or in low-income households must be free to use their existing subsidies to pick the right plan for them, rather than being warehoused into Medicaid or Obamacare. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, "A Health Plan for President Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 Wednesday news: Bourbon warehouses with 40,000 barrels burning at Jim Beam facility in Kentucky This story will be updated. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Preston Highway lanes shut down due to an overturned semi truck," 3 July 2019 The motion follows the legal team's revelation on June 21 that 350 children had been warehoused in a severely overcrowded adult Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas. Graham Kates, CBS News, ""I'm hungry here at Clint all the time": Lawyers use kids' testimonies to seek access to Border Patrol facilities," 27 June 2019 Given recent reporting about the horrific conditions in which children are warehoused, the humanitarian crisis unleashed by the Trump administration should get ample attention. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Give Democrats a Chance to Get Serious in Their First Debates," 26 June 2019

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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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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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