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, -ˌhau̇s How to pronounce warehouse (audio) \
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 Middle East Eye correspondent Ragip Soylu wrote on Twitter that the Lebanese Army confirmed a fire had broken out in a tire warehouse and that extinguishing operations -- including the use of army helicopters -- have already begun. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after deadly explosion," 10 Sep. 2020 On Thursday, workers in yellow vests and masks sat at folding tables spaced apart in a county warehouse, affixing address labels to envelopes and then putting the ballots inside. Arkansas Online, "North Carolina kicks off mail voting as requests spike," 4 Sep. 2020 The blast, which was caused by the ignition of a stockpile of ammonium nitrate in a port warehouse, caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Beirut rescuer workers detect possible signs of life beneath rubble, nearly a month after explosion," 3 Sep. 2020 Traci Armstrong, 43, keeps inventory in a Montevallo warehouse. al, "For some in Alabama, coronavirus symptoms don’t end," 26 Aug. 2020 Robots are already ingrained in our daily lives, from farming to digging to warehouse shelving, Berreby finds. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 That all happens in a warehouse winery on the fringe of Salinas. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "I. Brand & Family: once-exclusive wines now made accessible," 18 Aug. 2020 The blast reportedly was caused when 2,750 tons of aluminum nitrate stored unsafely in a port warehouse ignited, killing at least 170 people, wounding more than 56,000 and causing massive destruction. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Beirut blast has taken emotional toll on thousands of Lebanese immigrants in the U.S.," 14 Aug. 2020 Indeed, three prime ministers and two presidents have been in power since the explosives that caused the blast were stored in a Beirut port warehouse and neglected for seven years. TheWeek, "Athletes and celebrities join 100 Black male leaders calling on Biden to pick a Black woman running mate," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Surprisingly, Amazon supported the measure, with one condition: the company wanted the law to apply to all online marketplaces, including its competitors who, for example, do not warehouse and ship products sold by third-party merchants. Washington Post, "Burning laptops and flooded homes: Courts hold Amazon liable for faulty products," 29 Aug. 2020 Fresh Market plans to build a store at the site of the shuttered Kmart at 163rd Street and Harlem and use a portion of the store to warehouse non-grocery items. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus shutdown takes bite out of Tinley Park revenues," 19 Aug. 2020 Overall, the one category that has seen an increase in job postings during the pandemic has been operations and logistics, which includes everything from FedEx workers to warehouse jobs at Amazon to delivery workers for Shipt or Instacart. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's job market coming back slowly as companies remain cautious," 7 Aug. 2020 Together, the sales and adoptions put about 7,000 horses into private hands last year, not enough even to keep pace with roundups, let alone draw down the number now warehoused. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "A Mustang Crisis Looms in the West," 22 Mar. 2020 Holland had to shutter and repurpose 19 prisons in 2013 after the success of strategies that returned people to contribute to their communities with monitoring and support, instead of using taxpayer dollars to warehouse them in prisons. Joyce White Vance, Time, "The Coronavirus Is Hitting Our Nation's Prisons and Jails Hard. And It's Exposing a Crisis That Existed Long Before the Outbreak," 22 Apr. 2020 Disability rights advocates sued the state, arguing that mentally ill people had been warehoused in Oceanview and other adult homes in New York City, violating their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "These Homes for Mentally Ill Adults Have Been Notoriously Mismanaged. Now, One Is a Gruesome Crime Scene.," 9 Dec. 2019 Positive cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed at nearly a dozen Amazon warehouses across the country. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon employee at Indianapolis warehouse tested positive for coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 Almost 400 low-income senior citizens a month depend on the food bank, which warehouses and distributes produce and nonperishable items to a network of more than 200 agencies that are delivering the food to those in need. al, "Young Alabama volunteers needed to feed elderly during coronavirus pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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“Warehouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warehouse. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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