WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•pos•it /dɪˈpɑzɪt/USA pronunciation
v. [ ~ + obj]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Businessto put or place (something) for safekeeping, esp. in a bank account:He deposited the fifty dollars in his savings account.
- to deliver and leave (an item):He deposited his suitcases in the locker.
- to insert (a coin) in a coin-operated device:Deposit exact change.
- to put or set down, esp. carefully:She deposited the baby in the crib.
- Geologyto lay or throw down by a natural process:The river deposited soil at its mouth.
- to give as security (for):We deposited $500 on the new car.
de•pos•i•tor, n. [countable]Bank depositors will use the new branch office.See -pos-.
- an instance of placing money in a bank account:You can make a deposit at any branch office.
- the money placed there:a deposit of over $1,000.
- Businessanything given as security or in partial payment:a bottle deposit of five cents.
- something left or thrown down, such as by a natural process:a deposit of rich soil left by the flood.
- Geologya naturally occurring accumulation or pile, esp. of oil or ore:gold deposits in the river.
(di poz′it),USA pronunciation v.t.
- Businessto place for safekeeping or in trust, esp. in a bank account:He deposited his paycheck every Friday.
- to give as security or in part payment.
- to deliver and leave (an item):Please deposit your returned books with the librarian.
- to insert (a coin) in a coin-operated device:Deposit a quarter and push the button.
- to put, place, or set down, esp. carefully or exactly:She deposited the baby in the crib.
- Geologyto lay or throw down by a natural process;
precipitate:The river deposited soil at its mouth.
- to be placed, inserted, precipitated, left for safekeeping, given as security or in partial payment, etc.
- Businessmoney placed in a bank account or an instance of placing money in a bank account.
- Businessanything given as security or in part payment:The boy returned the bottle and got his five-cent deposit back. They made a deposit on the house and signed a ten-year mortgage.
- anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping:A large deposit of jewels was stolen from the hotel safe.
- a place for safekeeping;
- something precipitated, delivered and left, or thrown down, as by a natural process:a deposit of soil.
- Winethe natural sediment of wine in a bottle.
- a coating of metal deposited on something, usually by an electric current.
- a natural accumulation or occurrence, esp. of oil or ore:a mountain range with many rich deposits of gold.
- Latin dēpositus laid down, past participle of dēpōnere; see depone
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bank, save, store.
- 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lode, vein, pocket.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deposit /dɪˈpɒzɪt/ vb (transitive)
- to put or set down, esp carefully or in a proper place; place
- to entrust for safekeeping; consign
- to place (money) in a bank or similar institution in order to earn interest or for safekeeping
- to give (money) in part payment or as security
- to lay down naturally; cause to settle: the river deposits silt
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin dēpositāre, from Latin dēpositus put down
- an instance of entrusting money or valuables to a bank or similar institution
- the money or valuables so entrusted
- money given in part payment or as security, as when goods are bought on hire-purchase
- an accumulation of sediments, mineral ores, coal, etc
- any deposited material, such as a sediment or a precipitate that has settled out of solution
- a depository or storehouse
- on deposit ⇒ payable as the first instalment, as when buying on hire-purchase
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