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[ri-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural repositories.
a receptacle or place where things are deposited, stored, or offered for sale:
a repository for discarded clothing.
an abundant source or supply; storehouse:
a repository of information.
a burial place; sepulcher.
a person to whom something is entrusted or confided.
Chiefly British, warehouse.
Origin of repository
1475-85; < Latin repositōrium that in which anything is placed; see reposit, -tory2
1. depot, storehouse, depository. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repositories
  • With its healthy endowments, it has continued to grow and now stands as one of the world's foremost repositories of masterworks.
  • Scientists agree that the bulk of the state's vast underground repositories of water are still clean.
  • These specimens are stored in four repositories around the world, where they are available for scientific study.
  • Toothless old people, the repositories of information in a preliterate society, could now be fed and live longer.
  • Electronic repositories stretch to meet scholars' needs.
  • The harder problem will then be getting the various providers of records repositories to peer properly with each other.
  • They focus on how to link content in repositories that hold millions of texts.
  • But researchers eager for access to them far outnumber the supply of such repositories.
  • Those newspapers that are left increasingly seem to be repositories of comments as much as news.
  • Others have proposed public online data repositories, which would make all data transparent, including failed replications.
British Dictionary definitions for repositories


/rɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a place or container in which things can be stored for safety
a place where things are kept for exhibition; museum
a place where commodities are kept before being sold; warehouse
a place of burial; sepulchre
a receptacle containing the relics of the dead
a person to whom a secret is entrusted; confidant
Word Origin
C15: from Latin repositōrium, from repōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for repositories



late 15c., "vessel, etc., for storage," Middle French repositoire or directly from Late Latin repositorium "store," in classical Latin, "a stand on which food is placed," from noun use of repositus, past participle of reponere "put away, store" (see repose (v.2)). Figurative use is recorded from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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