Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One entrusted with something for preservation or safekeeping.
  • n. A depository.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting as the trusted recipient of a deposit
  • n. One who receives a deposit in trust
  • n. A place where deposits are kept

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One with whom anything is lodged in the trust; one who receives a deposit; -- the correlative of depositor.
  • n. A storehouse; a depository.
  • n. One to whom goods are bailed, to be kept for the bailor without a recompense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of deposit; receiving deposits: said of banks.
  • n. A person with whom anything is left or lodged in trust; one to whom a thing is committed for safekeeping, or to be used for the benefit of the owner; a trustee; a guardian. Also depository.
  • n. In law, a bailee of personal property, to be kept by him for the bailor without recompense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

Etymologies

From Late Latin depositarius (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Singapore Exchange also started trading in American depositary receipts of 19 major Asian companies in October.

    Singapore Exchange Ratchets Up Competition

  • The Ohio and New York pension plans are seeking class- action, or group, status for the suit, covering investors in American depositary receipts from Jan. 16, 2007, to May 28, 2010.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Luxembourg-based Skype registered $US100 million in American depositary shares with the

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Net investments in American depositary receipts of Chilean companies almost tripled in December to $72.5 million from $25.5 million in November, according to Banchile Inversiones estimates.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • China's biggest online gamer, Nasdaq-listed Shanda Interactive Entertainment, plans to sell up to $800 million in American depositary receipts in an initial public offering of its online games unit.

    Variety.com

  • The proceeds will be combined with existing cash to repurchase as much as $175 million in American depositary receipts.

    The Money Times - finance news, lifestyle, markets, investment, personal finance, banking, retirement planning

  • Friday's filing indicates Lashou's offering could reach $100 million in American depositary shares, but that figure is a placeholder that is likely to change.

    China's 'Groupon' Files for U.S. IPO

  • But the determination of the depositary is another matter.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • But, as we have seen, a depositary is a true possessor under the common-law theory, although his intent is not self-regarding, and he holds solely for the benefit of the owner.

    The Common Law

  • Israeli technology stocks were also boosted by gains in American depositary receipts of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract manufacturer of chips based in Taiwan.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

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  • "The depositary of power is always unpopular."
    Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) - Comingsby, bk. 1, ch. 1.

    September 20, 2009