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[ dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh ]

/ ˈdi poʊ; Military or British ˈdɛp oʊ /

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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.



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Origin of depot

1785–95; <French dépot<Latin dēpositum, noun use of neuter of dēpositus;see deposit


sub·de·pot, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use depot in a sentence

  • Mice, for example, have depots of it between their shoulder blades.

  • This means more fat will be stored in the less safe visceral depots.

  • It’s thought that different visceral and subcutaneous fat depots develop from different precursor cells – cells that can become fat cells.

  • The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Water Board, which regulates local water quality, charged gasoline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners with cleanup after the company bought the fuel depot in 1998.

  • Only a few years earlier, it had pushed the Navy to create a coal depot here.

  • If you think of her in retail terms, Hillary is Costco, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot all rolled into one mega-mega-mega-store.

  • In Georgia, MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlantic Rapid Transit Authority) built a huge solar canopy at its bus depot in Decatur.

  • This was the one-room studio in Mill Valley, California near The Depot.

  • Camera pans toward window, and we see it, shining like a glorious traffic cone: The Home Depot.

  • Theres a little railroad depot known quite well By all the people Called Zhankoye, Dzhan, Dzhan, Dzahn.

  • A few years back it was partly turned into a depot for American meat, but is now simply used for warehouses.

  • Youll have to sit in the depot till it stops rainin a little, and Ill find you a place till mornin.

  • Well be settin right in the depot waitin for it, said Mandy, who declined to take chances.

  • As there was, fortunately, a depot for coals here, we were allowed a few hours to do as we liked.

  • As the Rome branch connected with the main road above the depot, he encountered no hindrance, and it was now a fair race.

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 British a building used for the storage and servicing of buses or railway engines

US and 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 for depot

C18: from French dépôt, from Latin dēpositum a deposit, trust

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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