April 25, 2012
repository (noun)
\rih-PAH-zuh-tor-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a place or container where something is deposited or stored2 : one that contains or stores something immaterial
How do you use it?
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One of the following choices contains another meaning of "repository." Which one do you think it is?

The other sense of "repository" is at answer C, a sense that famous American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson used when he wrote "the air I breathe is drawn from the great repositories of nature. . ." in his essay called "History." "Repository" has been part of the English language since the 1400s, deriving from Latin "reponere," "to replace." A later related verb, "reposit," means "to deposit" or "to store." "Reposit" and "repository" are also related to "repose," which before the mid-1700s also meant "to deposit" and now means "to place confidence or trust in someone." This "repose" is unrelated to the "repose" meaning "rest."
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