Definition of repository in English:



  • 1A place, building, or receptacle where things are or may be stored.

    ‘a deep repository for nuclear waste’
    • ‘Each of the 19 other repositories contains certain species of plants, while this one contains backup versions of them all and is the only one that stores animal germplasm.’
    • ‘Though a tentative gesture, Rovine's inclusion of the ceramic piece seems subtly to suggest that museums with African art must not remain repositories for objects from ‘extinct’ societies.’
    • ‘How this orientation necessarily conflicts with the basic mandate of the museum to be a repository for its permanent collections is the realization that haunts these writings.’
    • ‘We believe that the gallery's main function should be as a repository of British art.’
    • ‘More than just a repository for books, the Adam Library served as a store for Charles's collections of smaller antiquities, curiosities, natural history, geology and ethnography.’
    • ‘Hitherto, libraries have been seen as mainly repositories of books and papers.’
    • ‘Goeritz's museum was not a repository of objects, but a living entity in which every wall, window, hallway, and courtyard was used for various activities.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the building was occupied by Communist authorities, used as a repository by Prague Museum and taken over by Marxist-Leninists.’
    • ‘Her next task was to find a museum repository for her late husband's private art collection, a visual document of his enthusiasms.’
    • ‘But what does that mean for the actual history of film within the setting of the repositories of visual culture, the museums?’
    • ‘The history in question is Russian, and the ark is St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art and civilization.’
    • ‘The Imprimerie Nationale, one of the greatest repositories of typographic material in the world, spans four centuries.’
    • ‘This exhibition features 22 major works acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art directly from the artist in 1999, making the museum the largest repository of his works.’
    • ‘The idea was dropped in rehearsal - but I imagine that Stepanov notations of La Bayadere are still in the Harvard library, now the repository of all the Sergeyev manuscripts.’
    • ‘I often say to students, the skip behind an art college is the repository of the ugliest objects on earth.’
    • ‘Over the years, the Craig's bought 180 Hibel paintings and would later help found the Hibel Museum in Florida in 1977, a permanent repository for her art.’
    • ‘Soon after the liberation of the Philippines, American special agents began to discover a few of the hidden gold repositories.’
    • ‘Work is about to begin on one of the most important sections in the library - a new repository for rare books and manuscripts.’
    • ‘Philosopher Hilde Hein has described a quandary museums face in identifying their chief function: as repositories of valuable objects, or instead, as places to produce interesting experiences.’
    receptacle, vessel, holder, canister, drum, box, case
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    1. 1.1A place in which something, especially a natural resource, has accumulated or where it is found in significant quantities.
      ‘accessible repositories of water’
      • ‘At particular risk are aquifers, underground repositories of water that are tapped by wells for agricultural irrigation and drinking water.’
    2. 1.2Computing A central location in which data is stored and managed.
      ‘the metadata will be aggregated in a repository’
      • ‘This repository allowed locally connected computers to retrieve updates significantly faster while offering greater package management.’
      • ‘The goal is to provide authorized network users with transparent access to on-line information repositories.’
      • ‘There is an internet repository for your courses, should people feel the need to download them.’
      • ‘This has just underscored the fact that multi-gigabyte data repositories can't move around anywhere near as easily as their users can.’
      • ‘Cache stores frequently used data in a repository close to the chip's execution units so that it can be processed faster than data stored in memory.’
      • ‘Uptime is crucial when running any type of server whether it is a file repository, HTTP web server, or a simple SOHO server.’
    3. 1.3A person or thing regarded as a store of information or in which something abstract is held to exist or be found.
      ‘his mind was a rich repository of the past’
      • ‘Through the fate of the one truly literate character in the novel, Thady's son Jason, the novel implies that writing offers no safe repository of title.’
      • ‘He closes with a disquisition on the meaning of Europe, examining the dark elements of racism and extreme nationalism but remaining optimistic and with a reflection on the EU which seems to be the repository of many of his hopes.’
      • ‘Benjamin wanted to draw attention to the vast repository of ‘involuntary memory’ hidden in the unconscious, rarely accessible and often traumatic in nature.’
      • ‘To our immediate point, the city is America's apogee, nadir and living museum, a repository of art and entertainment for all brows: high, medium, low and no.’
      • ‘He's the repository of our common history, and by that right, grand patron of the Bicentennial.’
      • ‘Blake saw the artist as a repository of the ‘prophetic genius’ which gave access to truth.’
      • ‘The electorate's hope that his Cabinet would prove a genuine repository of positive change was the one slim reed on which the Party's recent political legitimacy had rested.’
      • ‘Instead, we should see architectural residue from the past as a repository of vast physical, human, and cultural energy.’
      • ‘The Internet has the potential to be the greatest library in the history of mankind - a repository of memory, thought, culture, and scholarship; a record of what it means to be human.’
      • ‘Thus, the prudent practice, or praxis, of memory produced ethical behavior; by using the memory as an ethical repository and guide, an individual would be equipped to act prudently and ethically.’
      • ‘As repositories of human feeling and professional intelligence, actors become crucial when a play's development is down to the short strokes.’
      • ‘Smiths comes to grips with the complicated issues of the South being the repository of the African American past.’
      • ‘They argued that the royal privy council was the sole repository of good government.’
      • ‘Other scholars of Philippine culture have also recognized the need to study songs and poetry as repositories of history.’
      • ‘The ocean has long been our repository for ideas of the monstrous and the unknowable.’
      • ‘Bronze Head is a photographic repository of sensuality, and its symmetric composition, its square format, its perfect body, and its tantalizing play of tone invoke the desire and longing of artist and viewer alike.’
      • ‘Despite this, we trust both media to be the repositories of our cultures, to store the minutiae, the details and experiences that define our milieu.’
      • ‘Forrest saw African American oral traditions as rich repositories of ritual and value, sources of meaning in the face of suffering and tragedy.’
      • ‘Will books continue to be our main repository of culture and history, or will they vanish with developing technologies, replaced by virtual pages?’
      • ‘It is the repository of ‘reasons’ of which Owen speaks in the above quoted passage.’
      store, storing place, storehouse, depository
      reservoir, bank, cache, treasury, treasure house, treasure trove, fund, mine, archive, repertory
      warehouse, depot, storeroom, safe
      container, receptacle
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Late 15th century: from Old French repositoire or Latin repositorium, from reposit- placed back from the verb reponere (see repose).