[ noun wair-hous; verb wair-houz, -hous ]
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noun,plural ware·hous·es [wair-hou-ziz]. /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a building, or a part of one, for the storage of goods, merchandise, etc.

  2. British. a large retail store.

  1. a building, or a part of one, in which wholesalers keep large stocks of merchandise, which they display and sell to retailers.

verb (used with object),ware·housed [wair-houzd], /ˈwɛərˌhaʊzd/, ware·hous·ing [wair-hou-zing]. /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪŋ/.
  1. to place, deposit, or store in a warehouse.

  2. to set aside or accumulate, as for future use.

  1. to place in a government or bonded warehouse, to be kept until duties are paid.

  2. Informal. to confine (the mentally ill) to large institutions for long-term custodial care.

Origin of warehouse

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ware1, house

Other words from warehouse

  • min·i·ware·house, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for warehouse


  1. a place where goods are stored prior to their use, distribution, or sale

  1. mainly British a large commercial, esp wholesale, establishment

verb(ˈwɛəˌhaʊz, -ˌhaʊs)
  1. (tr) to store or place in a warehouse, esp a bonded warehouse

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