chiefly (Brit) a large commercial, esp wholesale, establishment
(tr) to store or place in a warehouse, esp a bonded warehouse
stock exchange an attempt to maintain the price of a company's shares or to gain a significant stake in a company without revealing the true identity of the purchaser. Shares are purchased through an insurance company, a unit trust, or nominees
1349, from ware (n.) + house. Cf. Du. warenhuis, Ger. warenhaus. Meaning "large impersonal institution" is Amer.Eng. colloquial, first attested 1970. The verb is recorded from 1799; in the colloquial sense, from 1972.