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
With a month and a half left before the end of the year, the IRS is racing to get checks out or make direct deposits to millions of Americans.As hope fades for a second stimulus payment this year, scammers target people still waiting for financial relief | Michelle Singletary | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
If the candidate who requests the recount ends up winning the race after a recount, that deposit would be returned.How recounts work in Georgia, Wisconsin and other key states | Brittany Shammas, Emma Brown, Jon Swaine | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
If there is still some lime deposit left, you might need to use a commercial lime cleaner.Hints From Heloise: Keeping reusable grocery bags free of germs | Heloise Heloise | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
This allows other cleaning agents and surfactants to work better, and if you use it in higher concentrations, you can actually eliminate solid mineral deposits in your appliances.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 5, 2020 | Popular-Science
Last year Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sued the company for its management practices, alleging that the company collects illegitimate fees for applications and evictions, and illegally claims tenants’ security deposits.Management company owned by Jared Kushner files to evict hundreds of families as moratoriums expire | Jonathan O'Connell, Aaron Gregg, Anu Narayanswamy | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
But locals there say any money deposited is thrown into an unlocked cupboard behind the tellers, hardly inspiring confidence.
That makes it a reliable way to measure how much oxygen was in the atmosphere when the minerals were deposited.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen. | Matthew R. Francis | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The bus from Yangon deposited us at our destination in the dark and cold early hours when most people are still asleep.
The crooks would then employ their mouths to suck out the tokens people had deposited.
Ford and Lisi both deposited refuse in a trash can that the police afterwards duly vouchered as possible evidence.
He deposited it on the vacant seat, clambered up behind the wheel, and started.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
When rapidly deposited, as by artificial precipitation, triple phosphate often takes feathery, star- or leaf-like forms.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
(d) Excess balances may, at the convenience of each federal reserve bank, remain deposited with the gold settlement fund.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Again, if the agent deposited the money in his own name the true owner could proceed against the bank to recover it.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Not until the servant had thrown open the door of the coach and deposited within the valise he carried, did Garnache stir.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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