Think of a repository as a storehouse, a place where things are kept until needed. A silo is a repository for animal feed, and a trivia buff's mind is a repository for useless information.

The noun repository has a somewhat formal ring to it — why not just call a storehouse a storehouse, right? Think of a repository as somewhat more important and imposing than just a place to dump stuff. It has more of an air of authority, like the things stored there could change the world. Consider nuclear waste — would you rather store it in a dump or a repository? I don’t know about you, but I'd prefer the latter—sounds safer.

Definitions of repository
  1. noun
    a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
    synonyms: deposit, depositary, depository
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    Hagia Sophia
    a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
    Louvre Museum
    an art museum that is a famous tourist attraction in Paris
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    a depository containing historical records and documents
    bank, bank building
    a building in which the business of banking transacted
    a central depository where things can be left or picked up
    depository library, library
    a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
    repository in a public building where lost articles can be kept until their owners reclaim them
    a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
    a storehouse where a stock of things is kept
    sperm bank
    a depository for storing sperm
    depot, entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
    a depository for goods
    a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
    athenaeum, atheneum
    a place where reading materials are available
    an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
    a place where supplies can be stored
    garner, granary
    a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
    circulating library, lending library
    library that provides books for use outside the building
    magazine, powder magazine, powder store
    a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
    a drop where mail can be deposited
    a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
    science museum
    a museum that collects and displays objects having scientific interest
    treasure house
    a storehouse for treasures
    storage warehouse, warehouse
    a storehouse for goods and merchandise
    type of:
    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  2. noun
    a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
    synonyms: monument
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    type of:
    burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture
    a chamber that is used as a grave
  3. noun
    a person to whom a secret is entrusted
    synonyms: secretary
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    type of:
    confidant, intimate
    someone to whom private matters are confided
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