Definition of repository in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpɒzɪt(ə)ri/

noun (plural repositories)

1A place where or receptacle in which things are or may be stored: a deep repository for nuclear waste
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  • 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.
  • The idea was dropped in rehearsal - but I imagine that Stepanov notations of La Bayadere are still in the Harvard library, now the repository of all the Sergeyev manuscripts.
1.1A place where something, especially a natural resource, 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.
1.2 Computing A central location in which data is stored and managed: the metadata will be aggregated in a repository
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  • There is an internet repository for your courses, should people feel the need to download them.
  • Cache stores frequently used data in a repository close to the chip's execution units so that it can be processed faster than data stored in memory.
  • This has just underscored the fact that multi-gigabyte data repositories can't move around anywhere near as easily as their users can.
1.3A person or thing regarded as a store of information or in which a particular quality may 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.
store, storing place, storehouse, depository;
reservoir, bank, cache, treasury, treasure house, treasure trove, fund, mine, archive, repertory;
warehouse, depot, storeroom, safe;
container, receptacle


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

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