[ dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh ]
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  1. a railroad station.

  2. a bus station.

  1. Military.

    • a place in which supplies and materials are stored for distribution.

    • (formerly) a place where recruits are assembled for classification, initial training, and assignment to active units.

  2. a storehouse or warehouse, as a building where freight is deposited.

  3. Physiology. a place where body products not actively involved in metabolic processes are accumulated, deposited, or stored.

Origin of depot

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

Other words for depot

Other words from depot

  • sub·de·pot, noun

Words Nearby depot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use depot in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for depot


/ (ˈdɛpəʊ, US Canadian ˈdiːpəʊ) /

  1. a storehouse or warehouse

  2. military

    • a store for supplies

    • a training and holding centre for recruits and replacements

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

  2. US and Canadian

    • a bus or railway station

    • (as modifier): a depot manager

  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

Origin of depot

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

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