Definition of warehouse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwerˌhous/
1A large building where raw materials or manufactured goods may be stored before their export or distribution for sale.
Example sentences
  • Driving across rural Iowa is like driving through the warehouse and light manufacturing district of a great city.
  • At present most of the site is used as a distribution warehouse and very little manufacturing is carried out.
  • Wroughton farmers are to turn two old grain stores into a modern warehouse for storage and distribution.
depot, distribution center, storehouse, store, storeroom, depository, storage, entrepôt, stockroom;
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1.1A large wholesale or retail store: a discount warehouse
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  • By the time his first son was born James Lever was managing a wholesale grocer's warehouse and shop on Manor Street, near where Bank Street crossed the Croal.
  • Some Continental glass, currently sold at markets and discount warehouses, is advertised as hand-cut, but a close examination of the surface will reveal the flow marks of pressed glass.
  • The main types of stores that tend to fill up our retail warehouses are DIY stores, furniture stores, computer stores and toy stores, according to Cormac Kennedy.


Pronunciation: /ˈwerˌhouz/
Pronunciation: /ˈwerhous/
[with object]
1Store (goods) in a warehouse.
Example sentences
  • It is almost as expensive to hold, move and warehouse things as to produce them.
  • Plenty of food grains are publicly financed and publicly warehoused.
  • Last year, Tina marketed a product for which she had no manufacturing costs, and which her suppliers warehoused for her, at her clients' expense, until delivery.
1.1Place (imported goods) in a bonded warehouse pending the payment of import duty.
1.2North American informal Place (someone, typically a prisoner or a psychiatric patient) in a large, impersonal institution in which their problems are not satisfactorily addressed.
Example sentences
  • Outside of lockdown, captives are warehoused like cattle.
  • Prisoners being warehoused in extremely dangerous, volatile, brutal and often explosive environments where absolutely no sanctuary is available.
  • Most of the fights occur in the minimum and medium security facilities because more inmates are warehoused together in order for the jail to keep their costs down.

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Syllabification: ware·house

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