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[dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh]
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  1. a railroad station.
  2. a bus station.
  3. Military.
    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.
  4. a storehouse or warehouse, as a building where freight is deposited.
  5. 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
Related formssub·de·pot, noun


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1, 2. terminal.
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British Dictionary definitions for depot


  1. a storehouse or warehouse
  2. military
    1. a store for supplies
    2. a training and holding centre for recruits and replacements
  3. mainly British a building used for the storage and servicing of buses or railway engines
  4. US and Canadian
    1. a bus or railway station
    2. (as modifier)a depot manager
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  1. (of a drug or drug dose) designed for gradual release from the site of an injection so as to act over a long period
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Word Origin

C18: from French dépôt, from Latin dēpositum a deposit, trust
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Word Origin and History for depot


1795, "warehouse," from French dépôt "a deposit, place of deposit," from Old French depost "a deposit or pledge," from Latin depositum "a deposit," noun use of neuter past participle of deponere "lay aside" (see deposit (v.)). Military sense is from 1798; meaning "railway station" is first recorded 1842, American English.

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