› GOVERNMENT, LAW to make an official statement to someone in authority, usually to protect something that you feel it is your right to have or do: lodge a claim/complaint/appeal My lawyers advised me to lodge a formal complaint.lodge sth against sb/sth So far, five groups have lodged protests against the deal. There were several ethical complaints lodged against him.
› UK GOVERNMENT to give information to an official organization so that it can be recorded or dealt with: lodge plans/papers/a bid The two banks will lodge their plans with regulators this week. Moran lodged a bid to purchase all eight properties.
› UK to leave something important in a safe place such as a bank, lawyer's office, etc.: lodge sth with sb Keep additional copies of any important documents lodged with your bank or solicitor.