to place for safekeeping or in trust, especially in a bank account: He deposited his paycheck every Friday.
to give as security or in part payment.
to deliver and leave (an item): Please deposit your returned books with the librarian.
to insert (a coin) in a coin-operated device: Deposit a quarter and push the button.
to put, place, or set down, especially carefully or exactly: She deposited the baby in the crib.
to lay or throw down by a natural process; precipitate: The river deposited soil at its mouth.
to be placed, inserted, precipitated, left for safekeeping, given as security or in partial payment, etc.
money placed in a bank account or an instance of placing money in a bank account.
anything given as security or in part payment: The boy returned the bottle and got his five-cent deposit back.They made a deposit on the house and signed a ten-year mortgage.
anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping: A large deposit of jewels was stolen from the hotel safe.
a place for safekeeping; depository.
something precipitated, delivered and left, or thrown down, as by a natural process: a deposit of soil.
the natural sediment of wine in a bottle.
a coating of metal deposited on something, usually by an electric current.
a natural accumulation or occurrence, especially of oil or ore: a mountain range with many rich deposits of gold.
- pre·de·pos·it, noun, verb
- re·de·pos·it, verb, noun
- sub·de·pos·it, noun
- su·per·de·pos·it, noun
- un·de·pos·it·ed, adjective
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How to use deposit in a sentence
This was material that was buried for safekeeping, almost like a safety deposit box that was never claimed.
Copyright renewed 1969 by August Mencken and Mercantile Safe deposit Trust Co.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is likely the mother's body, which means that the currents will probably deposit the children somewhere nearby.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We will not sit on the sidelines and deposit our fate in the hands of others.
Or, “Only to the end of this month: deposit a separatist and get up to 12 percent interest.”
It separates into three layers upon standing—a brown deposit, a clear fluid, and a frothy layer.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Factors which favor an early deposit are high acidity, diminished urinary pigments, and excessive excretion of uric acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
A savings bank is not a true bank of deposit, providing circulating credit.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The troops to be prisoners of war and to deposit their arms at a place to be appointed by General Merritt.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Suppose a person presents a check and the maker's deposit is not enough to pay the full amount, what can be done?Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for deposit
to put or set down, esp carefully or in a proper place; place
to entrust for safekeeping; consign
to place (money) in a bank or similar institution in order to earn interest or for safekeeping
to give (money) in part payment or as security
to lay down naturally; cause to settle: the river deposits silt
an instance of entrusting money or valuables to a bank or similar institution
the money or valuables so entrusted
money given in part payment or as security, as when goods are bought on hire-purchase: See also down payment
a consideration, esp money, given temporarily as security against loss of or damage to something borrowed or hired
an accumulation of sediments, mineral ores, coal, etc
any deposited material, such as a sediment or a precipitate that has settled out of solution
a coating produced on a surface, esp a layer of metal formed by electrolysis
a depository or storehouse
on deposit payable as the first instalment, as when buying on hire-purchase
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Scientific definitions for deposit
An accumulation or layer of solid material, either consolidated or unconsolidated, left or laid down by a natural process. Deposits include sediments left by water, wind, ice, gravity, volcanic activity, or other agents. A layer of coal formed over many years through the decomposition of plant material is also a deposit.
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