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 of the projects Warner cited include a cyber operations facility at a base in Newport News, Va., and the replacement of a hazmat warehouse in Norfolk. Fox News, "Mark Morgan: Trump 'delivering' on border wall, despite Democrats' objection to Pentagon funding reallocation," 6 Sep. 2019 After being scooped, chopped, de-seeded, de-stemmed, cooked, heated, and mashed into a puree, the pumpkin is then shipped to Costco’s baking warehouse in Issaqueh, Washington. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Costco Is Already Selling Their Famous Pumpkin Pie and the Internet Can't Handle It," 5 Sep. 2019 The December 2016 fire broke out during an electronic music party at a warehouse in Oakland called the Ghost Ship. San Diego Union-Tribune, "1 acquitted in deadly warehouse fire; jury deadlocks on 2nd," 5 Sep. 2019 The company, which is rolling out the vehicles in two cities in the United Kingdom, said the range of the former type of electric trucks aren't isn't enough to deliver packages from warehouses in the country. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "UPS has new hybrid trucks with a neat trick," 4 Sep. 2019 Unable to return to the fighting, Mr. Leavelle became a civilian employee of the Army Air Force, running a military warehouse in Riverside, Calif. Ralph Blumenthal, BostonGlobe.com, "James R. Leavelle, detective at Lee Harvey Oswald’s side, dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 The ad, already viewed more than 200,000 times, opens with Castro speaking from an empty warehouse in Iowa. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Attacks on racism and Trump resonate for Texans Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro," 20 Aug. 2019 NoMa, as the neighborhood has been known for barely a decade, used to be a warehouse district. Washington Post, "At Dave Thomas Circle, fixing a traffic nightmare threatens a D.C. vending empire," 14 Aug. 2019 The new Chop Bar opened this weekend with a familiar commitment to reclaimed wood and other recycled materials in the same warehouse district near Jack London Square. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland restaurant Chop Bar grows into bigger space," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Amazon’s newly disclosed training initiatives aren’t limited to warehouse workers and have multiple elements. Shira Ovide, latimes.com, "Amazon tries to prove it’s not a Dickensian workhouse," 11 July 2019 Where there is heavy selling, dealers would ideally warehouse cheaper bonds for when people want to buy again. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 According to the consent decree Binford is helping to monitor, they should not be warehoused at all. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Humanitarian crisis at the border is of Trump’s making," 25 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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