Definition of depot in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛpəʊ


1A place for the storage of large quantities of equipment, food, or goods: 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.
storehouse, warehouse, store, storage place, storing place, repository, depository, cache;
arsenal, magazine, armoury, ammunition dump, ordnance depot
archaic garner
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.
2.1North American A railway 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.
bus station, coach station, railway station, train station;
headquarters, base
3 Military A place where recruits are trained or other troops are assembled: only conscripts who lived near a training depot had permission to commute to it
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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.


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

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