Definition of warehouse in US English:



  • 1A large building where raw materials or manufactured goods may be stored before their export or distribution for sale.

    • ‘At last the old warehouse building on Sugar House Quay is coming down, or at least the front façade is being taken away in the interest of safety.’
    • ‘Driving across rural Iowa is like driving through the warehouse and light manufacturing district of a great city.’
    • ‘Wroughton farmers are to turn two old grain stores into a modern warehouse for storage and distribution.’
    • ‘A planning application was made in March 2001 for the site of the distribution warehouse of the Keighley-based Peter Black Holdings.’
    • ‘Traditionally mall-bound department stores are moving out of town and building multi-acre warehouses.’
    • ‘If any kind benefactor will allow them the use of a warehouse or suitable building for approximately six months - it must have good access - they'd love to hear from you.’
    • ‘In an attempt to both improve service and cut costs, Amazon decided to build its own warehouses and distribution facilities.’
    • ‘They work in restaurants and food preparation, in warehouses and manufacturing.’
    • ‘The retail operation has grown to such an extent that the company has moved its warehouse and distribution centre to much larger premises on the Main Line industrial estate, near Milnthorpe.’
    • ‘The Iqaluit Fitness Society held its first open house on March 28 at the Coman Arctic Building, a blue warehouse directly across from the airport.’
    • ‘Some locals believe that the nation-wide company is using the building as a warehouse with some people witnessing large crates being brought in and out of the premises.’
    • ‘The loft's building was once a warehouse, and the apartment has a view of the Bay Bridge's underside.’
    • ‘At present most of the site is used as a distribution warehouse and very little manufacturing is carried out.’
    • ‘The new £1 million building, a former warehouse, has had £700,000 of work carried out to convert it.’
    • ‘Glyn, a maintenance supervisor at a distribution warehouse, insisted on parking his own car, which was only two weeks old, instead of allowing staff to do so.’
    • ‘The loft conversion of the Itasca building, an old warehouse near the river on North First Street, surprised many by selling quickly.’
    • ‘The chief problem (to bring new readers up to date) is that, in the early part of last year, Penguin opened a brand-new warehouse and distribution centre.’
    • ‘The site, formerly a warehouse and distribution centre sold by Challis to Northminster in 1997, has already attracted five companies.’
    • ‘When they finally stopped, the teenagers were taken into another building that resembled a warehouse.’
    • ‘Before the buildings around the warehouse had seemed to lean away from it, trying as hard as they could to seem unfriendly toward it.’
    storeroom, storehouse, store, depot, depository, repository, stockroom
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    1. 1.1 A large wholesale or retail store.
      ‘a discount warehouse’
      • ‘Today, the island's west coast is an ugly strip of marbled shopping malls and the kind of throbbing theme pubs that import their memorabilia wholesale from a warehouse in Wisconsin.’
      • ‘By the time his first son was born James Lever was managing a wholesale grocer's warehouse and shop on Manor Street, near where Bank Street crossed the Croal.’
      • ‘Like any retail warehouse running manpower and machinery at full holiday throttle, it's an impressive display.’
      • ‘For trinkets, the Skagway Outlet Store is a warehouse of value-priced souvenirs - most items cost just a few bucks.’
      • ‘Some Continental glass, currently sold at markets and discount warehouses, is advertised as hand-cut, but a close examination of the surface will reveal the flow marks of pressed glass.’
      • ‘Temporarily works in a warehouse for a minimum-staff retail chain.’
      • ‘The pair is seeking permission for a development which would feature retail warehouses.’
      • ‘In a planning notice in a national newspaper he indicates that he wishes to change the use of two units from a retail warehouse to ‘unrestricted retail use’.’
      • ‘Our first gallery is located in a retail warehouse - not a place one would expect to see a fine art gallery.’
      • ‘Now that Wembley isn't the shopping Mecca it used to be, this big blue warehouse is the only retail magnet in the local area.’
      • ‘We checked into the Tai Hoe Hotel in the Indian Quarter of Singapore, close to downtown and to the discount electronic warehouses.’
      • ‘Fashion outlets, also known as discount warehouse stores, are large shopping areas often located on a city's outskirts.’
      • ‘The application from Hazelmark is for a two phase mixed retail development including a district shopping centre and a retail warehouse.’
      • ‘This acquisition follows Maplin's recent purchase of a standalone 580 square metre retail warehouse in Belfast earlier this month.’
      • ‘He also established the UK's first wholesale greeting cards cash-and-carry warehouse at Barlow Fold and was the main sponsor of Bury Football Club for many years.’
      • ‘Members receive special discounts but the warehouse is open to all.’
      • ‘The main types of stores that tend to fill up our retail warehouses are DIY stores, furniture stores, computer stores and toy stores, according to Cormac Kennedy.’
      • ‘For four years he worked as a door-to-door salesman selling knitwear from a suitcase before using his savings to open a wholesale warehouse.’
      • ‘A retail warehouse under construction at Nutgrove Avenue in Rathfarnham is now available to rent through Jones Lang LaSalle.’
      • ‘The following day massive actions by hundreds of people began against supermarkets, warehouses, and any shop whose doors were open.’
      store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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[with object]
  • 1Store (goods) in a warehouse.

    • ‘Nyco has an extensive worldwide agent/distributor network to warehousing materials worldwide for customer just-in-time delivery.’
    • ‘It is almost as expensive to hold, move and warehouse things as to produce them.’
    • ‘Last year, Tina marketed a product for which she had no manufacturing costs, and which her suppliers warehoused for her, at her clients' expense, until delivery.’
    • ‘The new 23,000 square foot facility will allow for VAS ' entire inventory to be warehoused and staged under one roof.’
    • ‘Plenty of food grains are publicly financed and publicly warehoused.’
    • ‘When warehoused these goods must be kept in a secure or caged area.’
    1. 1.1 Place (imported goods) in a bonded warehouse pending the payment of import duty.
    2. 1.2North American informal Place (someone, typically a prisoner or a psychiatric patient) in a large, impersonal institution in which their problems are not satisfactorily addressed.
      • ‘The goal of rehabilitation was long ago replaced by that of warehousing, and now the overriding objective is to warehouse cheaply.’
      • ‘Every prison in the country now warehouses the mentally disordered: the numbers have been spiralling upwards since the closure of the old asylums.’
      • ‘Outside of lockdown, captives are warehoused like cattle.’
      • ‘According to the Sentencing Project, more than one million blacks are warehoused in America's jails.’
      • ‘I think it is time we stop warehousing our mentally ill in prison.’
      • ‘Some states such as California are putting more resources into treatment and prevention programs that are proving far more effective in helping people turn their lives around than simply warehousing them in prison cells.’
      • ‘The result: nearly one million blacks are now warehoused in America's jails, the majority of them young blacks, and a significant number of them are there for non-violent, petty drug crimes.’
      • ‘This was a daily situation where people were being warehoused in prisons.’
      • ‘Programs tended to warehouse youngsters in large residential institutions.’
      • ‘Well for example, people will argue on the outside that prisons are for either rehabilitation, or punishment or just warehousing them so they're not on the streets.’
      • ‘Prisoners being warehoused in extremely dangerous, volatile, brutal and often explosive environments where absolutely no sanctuary is available.’
      • ‘Besides reiterating their opposition to the death penalty, the bishops at their annual fall meeting said criminals must not be warehoused in prisons with sentences that do not fit the crimes.’
      • ‘Or we can have the 19 th-century status quo: 80,000 prisoners warehoused like battery chickens, where prison officers barely have time to cut down prisoners as they twitch on a rope.’
      • ‘People who fall into that category ought to be simply warehoused on the random basis that 25 out of 100 of them may re-offend.’
      • ‘The goal of rehabilitation was long ago replaced with that of warehousing, and now the only real goal is to warehouse cheaply.’
      • ‘States will absorb the staggering cost of not only constructing additional prisons to accommodate increasing numbers of prisoners who will never be released but also warehousing them into old age.’
      • ‘To keep growing today, the private prison industry needs more beds, people and lives to warehouse.’
      • ‘Most of the fights occur in the minimum and medium security facilities because more inmates are warehoused together in order for the jail to keep their costs down.’
      • ‘So the number of people that we're warehousing in prisons - and it's been recognized across the board, just as Kennedy came out last year in his report on mandatory sentencing.’
      • ‘In the meantime, drug offenders are warehoused in institutions that serve to transmit violent habits and values rather than reduce them.’