A depot is a place where things are stored in large quantities for future use. Your office might have a depot in the back where supplies are stored.

Depot came into English from the French word dépôt, meaning "a deposit, place of deposit." A depot can be a place like a warehouse where items are temporarily deposited, but we also use it for a train or bus station. In this case, think of it as a place where a many passengers are being temporarily housed. Your bus trip might require you to get off one bus at a big depot, and transfer to another.

Definitions of depot
  1. noun
    station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    synonyms: terminal, terminus
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    air terminal, airport terminal
    a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
    bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, coach station
    a terminal that serves bus passengers
    the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
    railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, train depot, train station
    terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods
    subway station
    a terminal where subways load and unload passengers
    flag stop, way station, whistle stop
    a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
    type of:
    a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
  2. noun
    a depository for goods
    synonyms: entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
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    a place where supplies can be stored
    garner, granary
    a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
    magazine, powder magazine, powder store
    a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
    a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
    treasure house
    a storehouse for treasures
    storage warehouse, warehouse
    a storehouse for goods and merchandise
    a bin or granary for storing grains
    (in India and Malaysia) a warehouse
    type of:
    deposit, depositary, depository, repository
    a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
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