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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for repository
  • With each open course offered, the content repository grows exponentially.
  • These metaphors would then be stored in the metaphor repository.
  • The ballot should then be physically transported to a secure repository and read by a machine by a second manufacturer.
  • It's the wellspring of all human feelings, behaviors, experiences as well as the repository of memory and self-awareness.
  • Of course, there remain political obstacles to the siting and implementation of a repository.
  • Any little earthquake, or even random drilling, will rupture the repository and release the gas.
  • According to ancient records, the tomb was a repository of exquisite antiquity.
  • Get a network-attached storage device to serve as a central media repository for every computer in the house.
  • Rather, it is an exhaustive external repository meant to capture every single thing that you may want to do.
  • The agency is the world's largest repository of information about cryptography and usually operates under total secrecy.
British Dictionary definitions for repository


/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 repository

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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repository in Technology

1. See data dictionary.
2. The core of a CASE tool, typically a DBMS where all development documents are stored.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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