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bank

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[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of bank

1
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English banke, bonke “(natural) ridge,” from Old Norse bakki “elevation, hill,” Swedish backe, Danish bakke, from unattested Germanic bank-ōn-; perhaps akin to Sanskrit bhañj- “bend,” Lithuanian bangà “a wave”; see bank3, bench

synonym study for bank

3. See shore1.

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Origin of bank

2
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French banque, from Italian banca “table, counter, moneychanger's table,” from Old High German bank bench

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bank3
[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /

noun
verb (used with object)
to arrange in a bank: to bank the seats; to bank the lights.

Origin of bank

3
First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English bank(e), from Old French banc “bench,” from Germanic; see bank1
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British Dictionary definitions for bank (1 of 3)

bank1
/ (bæŋk) /

noun
verb
See also bank on

Word Origin for bank

C15: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German banc bench

British Dictionary definitions for bank (2 of 3)

bank2
/ (bæŋk) /

noun
verb

Word Origin for bank

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe

British Dictionary definitions for bank (3 of 3)

bank3
/ (bæŋk) /

noun
an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiersa bank of dials
  1. a tier of oars in a galley
  2. a bench for the rowers in a galley
a grade of lightweight writing and printing paper used for airmail letters, etc
telephony (in automatic switching) an assembly of fixed electrical contacts forming a rigid unit in a selector or similar device
verb
(tr) to arrange in a bank

Word Origin for bank

C17: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank 1
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