Definition of repository in English:


Syllabification: re·pos·i·to·ry
Pronunciation: /riˈpäzəˌtôrē

noun (plural repositories)

  • 1A place, building, or receptacle where things are or may be stored: a deep repository for nuclear waste
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    • Once e-mail is stored in a central repository, it is retained in its original format and protected against tampering.
    • Her next task was to find a museum repository for her late husband's private art collection, a visual document of his enthusiasms.
    • This exhibition features 22 major works acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art directly from the artist in 1999, making the museum the largest repository of his works.
  • 1.1A place in which something, especially a natural resource, has accumulated or where it is found in significant quantities: accessible repositories of water
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    • At particular risk are aquifers, underground repositories of water that are tapped by wells for agricultural irrigation and drinking water.
  • 1.2A person or thing regarded as a store of information or in which something abstract is held to exist or be found: his mind was a rich repository of the past
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    • Forrest saw African American oral traditions as rich repositories of ritual and value, sources of meaning in the face of suffering and tragedy.
    • He's the repository of our common history, and by that right, grand patron of the Bicentennial.
    • Instead, we should see architectural residue from the past as a repository of vast physical, human, and cultural energy.


late 15th century: from Old French repositoire or Latin repositorium, from reposit- 'placed back', from the verb reponere (see repose2).

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