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[dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh] /ˈdi poʊ; Military or British ˈdɛp oʊ/
a railroad station.
a bus station.
  1. a place in which supplies and materials are stored for distribution.
  2. (formerly) a place where recruits are assembled for classification, initial training, and assignment to active units.
a storehouse or warehouse, as a building where freight is deposited.
Physiology. a place where body products not actively involved in metabolic processes are accumulated, deposited, or stored.
Origin of depot
1785-95; < French dépot < Latin dēpositum, noun use of neuter of dēpositus; see deposit
Related forms
subdepot, noun
1, 2. terminal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depot
  • The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot.
  • However, the businesses in my college town are working to add a train stop at our old depot.
  • The bombs went off at two small hotels and a gas depot.
  • The railroad company accepted the rights and these three gentlemen gave one one hundred acres for the town and depot.
  • Maintenance folk no longer gather at the local depot each morning to pick up spares and a worksheet for the day.
  • depot fat is useless for producing blood glucose, which is why obesity actually makes lactation more difficult.
  • In essence, the shelves in its shops are a highly efficiently managed depot.
  • It was a mistake to state that a laugh and a lip and a laid climb and a depot and a cultivator and little choosing is a point it.
  • German military hardware, stored in a vast depot across the street from the museum.
  • Some cut a piece from a leaf and drop it to the ground, while others carry the leaf fragment to a depot.
British Dictionary definitions for depot


/ˈdɛpəʊ; US, Canadian ˈdiːpəʊ/
a storehouse or warehouse
  1. a store for supplies
  2. a training and holding centre for recruits and replacements
(mainly Brit) a building used for the storage and servicing of buses or railway engines
(US & Canadian)
  1. a bus or railway station
  2. (as modifier): a depot manager
(of a drug or drug dose) designed for gradual release from the site of an injection so as to act over a long period
Word Origin
C18: from French dépôt, from Latin dēpositum a deposit, trust
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Word Origin and History for depot

1795, "warehouse," from French dépôt "a deposit, place of deposit," from Old French depost "a deposit or pledge," from Latin depositum "a deposit," noun use of neuter past participle of deponere "lay aside" (see deposit (v.)). Military sense is from 1798; meaning "railway station" is first recorded 1842, American English.

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