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bill

noun uk   us   /bɪl/

bill noun (REQUEST FOR PAYMENT)

A2 [C or S] a request for payment of money owed, or the piece of paper on which it is written: an electricity/gas/phone bill They sent us a bill for the work they had done. She ran up (= caused herself to have) a huge phone bill. They asked the waitress for the bill. Could we have the bill, please? Her mother agreed to foot (= pay) the bill.
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bill noun (LAW)

[C] a formal statement of a planned new law that is discussed before being voted on: The bill was amended (= changed). When a bill is passed in Parliament it becomes law.informal The bill was thrown out (= did not go past the first stage of discussion and will not become law).
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bill noun (MONEY)

B1 [C] mainly US (UK usually note) a piece of paper money: a dollar/one-dollar bill a ten-dollar bill
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bill noun (BIRD)

[C] the beak of a bird

bill noun (SIGN)

[C] a paper sign giving information about something, especially an event or performancebe on the bill to be performing in a show: There were lots of big names (= famous people) on the bill.head/top the bill to be the most important actor in a show

bill

verb uk   us   /bɪl/

bill verb (REQUEST PAYMENT)

[T] to give or send someone a bill asking for money that they owe for a product or service: Please bill me for any expenses you incur.

bill verb (ADVERTISE)

[T usually passive] to advertise something with a particular description; to describe someone in a particular way in order to advertise them or make them known: The movie was billed as a romantic comedy. The young author was billed as "the new Beckett." [T usually passive] to list a person or performance on a programme of events : She was billed to perform every night for a period of two weeks.
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