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deposit

noun [C]  /dɪˈpɑz·ɪt/ us  

deposit noun [C] (MONEY)

an amount of money paid into an account: She made a large deposit last Thursday. A deposit is also a sum of money that is given in advance as part of a total payment for something: Will you get your deposit back if you cancel the trip? A deposit is also an additional sum of money that you pay when you rent something to make sure you return the item or to pay for repairs: The apartment rents for $1200 a month, and we want one month’s rent for a deposit. A deposit is also an amount paid in addition to the cost of something to make sure you bring its container back when you have used it: a bottle deposit

deposit noun [C] (LAYER)

a layer of a substance: The flood left a thick deposit of mud on the floor. The region has lots of gas and coal deposits.

deposit

verb  /dɪˈpɑz·ət/ us  

deposit verb (MONEY)

[T] to put money in a bank: I deposited $500 in my savings account last week.

deposit verb (LEAVE)

[T always + adv/prep] to leave something somewhere: The cat deposited a dead mouse at my door.
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