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bank

noun [C]     /bæŋk/
BANKING, FINANCE an organization where people and businesses can keep, invest, or borrow money, exchange currencies, etc., or a building where these services are offered: The bank gave me a loan to start my new business. All the major domestic and foreign banks were affected by the crisis.in the bank At that time, we had very little money in the bank.put/pay sth into the bank Your fee will be paid directly into the bank.take sth out of the bank They had taken all of their cash out of the bank. I need to go to the bank at lunch time. The bank has branches in most major towns.
[C] an amount of something that is kept to be used: Our company offers an unparalleled bank of information on the real-estate business.
the Bank BANKING the accepting house: The Bank has kept interest rates at the same level this month.
→ See also acceptance bank, advising bank, agent bank, agricultural bank, central bank, clearing bank, commercial bank, confirming bank, cooperative bank, correspondent bank, credit bank, databank, development bank, eligible bank, Export-Import Bank, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, high street bank, investment bank, joint-stock bank, land bank, lead bank, merchant bank, money centre bank, mutual savings bank, national bank, paying bank, private bank, reserve bank, retail bank, savings bank, shadow bank, state bank, stock savings bank, universal bank, wholesale bank, the World Bank
(Definition of bank noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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