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bank

noun [C] uk   /bæŋk/ us  

bank noun [C] (MONEY)

A1 an organization where people and businesses can invest or borrow money, change it to foreign money, etc., or a building where these services are offered: High-street banks have been accused of exploiting small firms. I need to go to the bank at lunch time. I had to take out a bank loan to start my own business.Banks and bank accounts In gambling, the bank is money that belongs to the owner and can be won by the players.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risksGeneral words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money

bank noun [C] (RIVER)

B2 sloping raised land, especially along the sides of a river: By the time we reached the opposite bank, the boat was sinking fast. These flowers generally grow on river banks and near streams.Banks and embankmentsWatercourses and waterfalls

bank noun [C] (MASS)

a pile or mass of earth, clouds, etc.: A dark bank of cloud loomed on the horizon.Banks and embankmentsWatercourses and waterfalls

bank noun [C] (ROWS)

a row of similar things, especially machines or parts of machines: a bank of switchesGroups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures

bank noun [C] (STORE)

A bank of something, such as blood or human organs for medical use, is a place that stores these things for later use: a blood bank a sperm bankKeeping and storing things

bank

verb uk   /bæŋk/ us  

bank verb (MONEY)

[I or T] to keep your money in a particular bank, or to put money into a bank: I used to bank with Lloyd's.Saving and savings accountsBanks and bank accounts [T] informal to win or earn a particular amount of money: She banked £500 in tips that day!Earning money and money earnedWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport

bank verb (TURN)

[I] (of an aircraft) to fly with one wing higher than the other when turning: We felt the plane bank steeply as it changed direction.AviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the airSlanting, sloping, leaning, tilting

bank verb (MASS)

[I or T] to collect in or form into a mass, or to make something do this: The snow had banked up in the corner of the garden. We banked up the fire (= put more coal on it) to keep it burning all night.Collecting and amassing
Phrasal verbs
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