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[dih-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural depositories.
a place where something is deposited or stored, as for safekeeping:
the night depository of a bank.
a depositary; trustee.
of or relating to a depository or depositories:
the depository role of a bank.
Origin of depository
1650-60; (def 1) < Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; (def 2) deposit + -ory1 (noun use of adj. suffix)
Related forms
nondepository, adjective
predepository, noun, plural predepositories.
subdepository, noun, plural subdepositories. Unabridged
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  • The trust then issues depository receipts, which have economic rights mirroring those of the underlying shares.
  • But no insured depository could begin to cope with the trillions of dollars involved.
  • The government loves the idea because it believes it can price the risk properly and points to its depository insurance as proof.
  • Shipping lists are a list of publications that are mailed to libraries in their depository distribution boxes.
British Dictionary definitions for depository


/dɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a store, such as a warehouse, for furniture, valuables, etc; repository
a variant spelling of depositary (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: place of a deposit): from Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; C18 (in the sense: depositary): see deposit, -ory1
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Word Origin and History for depository

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

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