Old furniture in a warehouse.
- The definition of a warehouse is a place where goods are stored.
An example of a warehouse is a place where furniture is kept for a furniture company.
- To warehouse is to store, or to place a patient in a large institution with minimal medical, educational or social services.
An example of to warehouse is to put a severely mentally ill person in a large institution that provides minimal psychiatric services.
- a building where wares, or goods, are stored, as before distribution to retailers, or are kept in reserve, in bond, etc.
- Chiefly Brit. a wholesale store or, esp. formerly, a large retail store
Origin of warehouseME: see ware and house
transitive verb-·housed·, -·hous·ing
- to place or store in a warehouse
- to place (a severely disabled person, a mentally ill person, an elderly person, etc.) in a large, impersonal institution
- A place in which goods or merchandise are stored; a storehouse.
- A large, usually wholesale shop.
transitive verbware·housed, ware·hous·ing, ware·hous·es
- To place or store in a warehouse, especially in a bonded or government warehouse.
- To institutionalize (a person) in usually deficient housing and in conditions in which medical, educational, psychiatric, and social services are below par or absent: “has felt forced to warehouse hundreds of children in temporary shelters” ( Justine Wise Polier )
(third-person singular simple present warehouses, present participle warehousing, simple past and past participle warehoused)
- To store, as in a warehouse.
- To confine people to institutions for long-term periods.