Definition of depot in English:

depot

Syllabification: de·pot
Pronunciation: /ˈdēpō, ˈde-
 
/

noun

  • 1A place for the storage of large quantities of equipment, food, or some other commodity: an arms depot
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    • He says the government is trying to secure loans to build granaries and depots to store food to help the people through difficult times.
    • A food storage depot was looted and burned down during the night and businesses were badly hit by the tense atmosphere yesterday.
    • They have prevented the government building granaries and food depots that could store grain from one year to the next.
    Synonyms
    storehouse, warehouse, store, repository, depository, cache; arsenal, magazine, armory, ammunition dump, drop-off
  • 1.1North American A railroad or bus station.
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    • The resistance movement rescued downed pilots, radioed military movements to London, and sabotaged German railway depots.
    • Have you heard the rumours of a tunnel under the Viaduct, or the one connecting the main Post Office basement to the railway depot?
    • The moment of explicit defiance of command authority came most often at railway depots or other embarkation points.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2A place where buses, trains, or other vehicles are housed and maintained and from which they are dispatched for service.
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    • The company employs 5,500 people in Britain, many of them at train maintenance depots.
    • In the past, diesel locos and coaches, which formed services on the West of England line, had been maintained at several depots.
    • The drivers immediately discharged their passengers and drove their buses back to the depots, bringing transport services in Edinburgh to a virtual standstill for three hours.
  • 1.3The headquarters of a regiment; a place where recruits or other troops are assembled.
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    • This was mirrored in England by the establishment of regimental depots after the army reforms.
    • The four recruiting depots have been busy all day, air raid warning tests have been heard across the city this evening, and posters are calling for volunteers for first aid.
    • Currently, the regional army commanders are responsible for their respective regional army depots, logistics support units, and medical units.

Origin

late 18th century (in the sense 'act of depositing'): from French dépôt, from Latin depositum 'something deposited' (see deposit).

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