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

n station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

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
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a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose

n a depository for goods

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
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deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

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