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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