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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Plans are also afoot to transform the disused salt mines of Saxony and Thuringia into depositories for toxic waste.
▪ The poem is not the depository for the feelings and reactions of the poet trying to share secrets with the reader.
▪ The research will be based on archival sources and newspaper and government reports held in depositories in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Depository \De*pos"i*to*ry\ (-t[-o]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Depositories (-r[i^]z).

  1. A place where anything is deposited for sale or keeping; as, warehouse is a depository for goods; a clerk's office is a depository for records.

  2. One with whom something is deposited; a depositary.

    I am the sole depository of my own secret, and it shall perish with me.
    --Junius. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"place where things are deposited," 1750, from Medieval Latin depositorium, from deposit-, past participle stem of Latin deponere (see deposit (v.)) + -orium (see -ory).


n. 1 A place where something is deposited, as for storage, safekeeping(,) or preservation; a repository. 2 A trustee; a depositary.


n. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping [syn: deposit, repository]

Usage examples of "depository".

Commission concluded that the shots which killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired from the sixth-floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Book Depository Building.

That of bronze, which survived the flood, is supposed to symbolize the mysteries, of which Masonry is the legitimate successor--from the earliest times the custodian and depository of the great philosophical and religious truths, unknown to the world at large, and handed down from age to age by an unbroken current of tradition, embodied in symbols, emblems, and allegories.

At Bologna, as at Naples, the two extremes of society are corrupt, while the middle classes are respectable, and the depository of virtue, talents, and learning.

He is surrounded by a mysterious halo of family confidences, of which he is known to be the silent depository.

Not another word does Mr. Bucket say, but sits with most attentive eyes until the sacked depository of noble secrets is brought down-- Where are all those secrets now?

Depository Bank of Zurich, Lieutenant Collet wondered what was taking Fache so long to come up with the search warrant.

A truck identical to the one Collet had permitted to leave the Depository Bank of Zurich earlier tonight.

He had therefore concerted his measures with the dexterity of an experienced conveyancer, and, snatching the occasion, while our hero, travel-tainted, lay sunk in the arms of profound repose, he ripped up the seams of the leather depository, withdrew the contents, introduced the parcel of nails, which he had made up for the purpose, and then repaired the breach with great deliberation.

I have a strong castle in Denbighshire, Holt, which I design to fortify, and make it another depository of arms and stores.

Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, & that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree.

The French members of the Legislature, being the majority in both Houses, lately passed an act declaring that the civil, or French laws, should be the laws of their land, and enumerated about 50 folio volumes, in Latin, as the depositories of these laws.

Dictionaries are but the depositories of words already legitimated by usage.

Things were looking up, thought Sam as he scrutinized the finished product, replete with its blank lines for investors, depositories, amounts.

There are twelve publicly known Depositories, each having books and records pertaining to a par­ticular subject, or to related subjects.

The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern.