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"deposit" in British English

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depositverb

uk   /dɪˈpɒz.ɪt/  us   /dɪˈpɑː.zɪt/

deposit verb (LEAVE)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​leave something ​somewhere: The ​floodwatersfell, depositing ​mud over the ​wholearea. The ​bus deposited me ​miles from ​anywhere. The ​cuckoo deposits her ​eggs in other ​birds' ​nests. I deposited my ​luggage in a ​locker at the ​station.

deposit verb (MONEY)

C1 [T] to put something ​valuable, ​especiallymoney, in a ​bank or safe (= ​strongbox or ​cupboard with ​locks): There's a ​nightsafeoutside the ​bank, so you can deposit ​moneywhenever you ​wish. I deposited £500 in my ​account this ​morning. [T] to ​pay someone an ​amount of ​money when you make an ​agreement with that ​person to ​pay for or ​buy something, that either will be ​returned to you ​later, if the ​agreedarrangement is ​kept, or that ​formspart of the ​totalpayment: When we ​moved in, we had to deposit $1,000 with the ​landlord in ​case we ​broke any of his things. You deposit 20 ​percent now and ​pay the ​rest when the ​car is ​delivered.

depositnoun

uk   /dɪˈpɒz.ɪt/  us   /-ˈpɑː.zɪt/

deposit noun (LAYER)

C2 [C or U] a ​substance or ​layer that is ​left, usually after a ​liquid is ​removed: Decant the ​winecarefully, so that you ​leave the deposit in the ​bottom of the ​bottle. In hard-water ​areas, a ​chalky deposit often ​forms in ​pipes and ​kettles. The ​floodleft a ​thick deposit ofmud over the ​entiregroundfloor of the ​house.C2 [C] specialized geology a ​layer that has ​formed under the ​ground, ​especially over a ​longperiod: mineral/​oil/​coal deposits

deposit noun (MONEY)

C1 [C] a ​payment, ​especially into a ​bankaccount: To ​open an ​account, you need to make a ​minimum deposit of $500.B1 [C] an ​amount of ​money that you ​pay as the first ​part of the ​totalpayment for something: The ​shopassistant says if I leave £10 as a deposit, they'll ​keep the ​dress for me. We paid/put a deposit of £5,000 on the ​house, and ​paid the ​balance four ​weekslater. They ​asked us to put down a deposit.C1 [C] an ​amount of ​money that you ​pay when you ​rent something, and is ​returned to you when you ​return the thing you have ​rented: It ​costs $2,000 a ​week to ​rent the ​yacht, with a $200 refundable/​returnable deposit. You ​pay a 10p deposit/deposit of 10p on the ​bottle, which you get back when you ​return the ​emptybottle.
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(Definition of deposit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deposit" in American English

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depositnoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈpɑz·ɪt/

deposit noun [C] (MONEY)

an ​amount of ​moneypaid into an ​account: She made a ​large deposit last ​Thursday. A deposit is also a ​sum of ​money that is given in ​advance as ​part of a ​totalpayment for something: Will you get ​your deposit back if you ​cancel the ​trip? A deposit is also an ​additionalsum of ​money that you ​pay when you ​rent something to make ​sure you ​return the ​item or to ​pay for ​repairs: The ​apartmentrents for $1200 a ​month, and we ​want one month’s ​rent for a deposit. A deposit is also an ​amountpaid in ​addition to the ​cost of something to make ​sure you ​bringitscontainer back when you have used it: a ​bottle deposit

deposit noun [C] (LAYER)

a ​layer of a ​substance: The ​floodleft a ​thick deposit of ​mud on the ​floor. The ​region has ​lots of ​gas and ​coal deposits.

depositverb

 us   /dɪˈpɑz·ət/

deposit verb (MONEY)

[T] to put ​money in a ​bank: I deposited $500 in my ​savingsaccount last ​week.

deposit verb (LEAVE)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​leave something ​somewhere: The ​cat deposited a ​deadmouse at my ​door.
(Definition of deposit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deposit" in Business English

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depositnoun

uk   us   /dɪˈpɒzɪt/
[C] BANKING an ​amount of ​money that someone ​pays into a ​bankaccount: Using the ​cashmachine I can make a deposit at any ​time of the day.have/keep/hold money on deposit Rather than ​holdmoney on deposit, you should ​pay off your ​debts.
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[C] COMMERCE, PROPERTY a ​part of the ​cost of something such as a ​product or ​property that a ​buyerpays to a ​seller so that it will not be ​sold to anyone else: make/pay/put down a deposit (on sth) Many families put down a deposit for their summer ​holidays as early as January. a €50/$100, etc. depositask for/request a deposit Normally someone ​selling a ​house would ​ask for a deposit of at least 5%. non-refundable deposit
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deposits [plural] BANKING, ECONOMICS the ​totalamount of ​money that has been ​paid into a particular ​bank, or into the ​banks in a particular ​place: The ​bank now has more than 1m ​accountholders and deposits of around £1.7bn. The ​governmentclosedbanks for a week, ​trying to prevent a ​run on deposits.
[C] PROPERTY an ​amount of ​money that someone ​renting a ​propertypays to the ​owner of the ​property, which they get back when they ​leave only if they have not caused any ​damage: ask for/require a deposit Landlords will usually ​require a deposit.lose a deposit I once ​lost a deposit on a ​flat when I ​knocked something over and stained the carpet.

depositverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈpɒzɪt/
BANKING to put ​money into a ​bankaccount, especially one that ​paysinterest: deposit ​money/a ​cheque/​fundsdeposit sth in/into sth You can choose to have your ​salary deposited directly into your ​bankaccount.
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to ​leavemoney or something that is ​valuable in a ​safeplace: deposit sth with sb The ​documents have been deposited with the ​solicitor for safe-keeping.
(Definition of deposit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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