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"bank" in British English

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banknoun [C]

uk   /bæŋk/  us   /bæŋk/
  • bank noun [C] (MONEY)

A1 an ​organization where ​people and ​businesses can invest or ​borrowmoney, ​change it to ​foreignmoney, etc., or a ​building where these ​services are ​offered: The ​big banks have been ​accused of ​exploitingsmallfirms. I need to go to the bank at ​lunchtime. I had to take out a bank loan to ​start my own ​business.
In ​gambling, the bank is ​money that ​belongs to the ​owner and can be ​won by the ​players.

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  • bank noun [C] (RIVER)

B2 slopingraisedland, ​especially along the ​sides of a ​river: By the ​time we ​reached the ​opposite bank, the ​boat was ​sinkingfast. These ​flowersgenerallygrow on river banks and near ​streams.

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  • bank noun [C] (MASS)

a ​pile or ​mass of ​earth, ​clouds, etc.: A ​dark bank ofcloudloomed on the ​horizon.

bankverb

uk   /bæŋk/  us   /bæŋk/
  • bank verb (MONEY)

[I or T] to ​keepyourmoney in a ​particular bank, or to put ​money into a bank: I used to bank with Lloyd's.
[T] informal to ​win or ​earn a ​particularamount of ​money: She banked £500 in ​tips that ​day!
  • 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.
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(Definition of bank from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bank" in American English

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banknoun [C]

 us   /bæŋk/
  • bank noun [C] (ORGANIZATION)

an ​organization that ​holdsmoneybelonging to ​others, ​investing and ​lending it to get more ​money, or the ​building in which the ​organization is ​situated
A bank of ​blood or ​humanorgans is a ​place that ​stores these things for ​latermedical use: a ​blood bank
In a ​casino, the bank is ​money that is used to ​pay the ​players who ​win.
  • bank noun [C] (RAISED GROUND)

slopingraisedland, esp. along the ​sides of a ​river or ​lake, or a ​mass of something that has been ​piled together and has ​slopingsides: We ​walked along the ​river bank.
A bank of ​clouds is a ​group of ​clouds that ​look as if they are ​piled together.
A bank is also a ​row of ​similarobjects: A bank of ​computersdisplays the ​latestweatherdata.

bankverb

 us   /bæŋk/
  • bank verb (USE BANK)

[I/T] to use a bank or put ​money in a bank : [I always + adv/prep] I bank at First ​National because it’s near where I ​work.
  • bank verb (TURN)

[I] (of an ​aircraft) to ​fly with one ​winghigher than the other when ​turning: We banked to make a ​leftturn as we ​approached the ​airport.
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(Definition of bank from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bank" in Business English

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banknoun [C]

uk   us   /bæŋk/
BANKING, FINANCE an ​organization where ​people and ​businesses can ​keep, ​invest, or ​borrowmoney, ​exchangecurrencies, etc., or a ​building where these ​services are ​offered: The bank gave me a ​loan to ​start my new ​business. All the ​majordomestic 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 ​lunchtime. The bank has ​branches in most ​major towns.
[C] an ​amount of something that is ​kept to be used: Our ​companyoffers an unparalleled bank of ​information on the real-estate ​business.
the Bank
BANKING the accepting house : The Bank has ​keptinterestrates at the same ​level this month.

bankverb [I or T]

uk   us   /bæŋk/
BANKING to ​keep your ​money in a particular bank, or to put ​money into a bank: bank with sb I've banked with Lloyd's for many ​years. She banked most of the ​prizemoney she had received.
to ​earn or ​win a particular ​amount of ​money: The ​formergovernor banked more than $135,000 in speaking ​fees.
(Definition of bank from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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