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bill

noun [C]
 
 
/bɪl/
COMMERCE, FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a document showing how much money you owe for goods or services you have received: bill for sth a bill for $10,000big/huge/hefty, etc. bill (for sth) The company faces a hefty bill for repairs after the storm.pay/settle a bill I don't have the money to pay this gas bill.monthly/quarterly/weekly bill They can afford their monthly bills for basics such as food and housing but have little left for luxuries.pay/pick up a bill The firm picked up the bill for him to be flown by executive jet to Edinburgh.cut/reduce a bill We need to find ways of reducing our energy bills. If you prefer you can request an itemized bill and get a list of every call you have made. gas/phone/tax, etc. bill
foot the bill to pay a bill: Should the government foot the bill for all its citizens - or only the poorest among us?
UK ( US check) COMMERCE a piece of paper given to you when you have finished eating at a restaurant, showing how much money you owe: "Could we have the bill please?"pick up the bill Don't worry. I'll pick up the bill.
GOVERNMENT, LAW a formal statement of a planned new law that is discussed before being voted on: The bill became law in April.amend/pass a bill They soon realized that they didn't have enough votes to pass the bill.
US MONEY →  banknote
→  See also backed bill , bank bill , commercial bill , discharged bill , discounted bill , documents-against-acceptance bill , documents-against-payment bill , due bill , eligible bill , fine trade bill , non-prime bill , period bill , sight bill , term bill , time bill , trade bill , Treasury bill , usance bill , wage bill →  Compare invoice
(Definition of bill noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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