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Definition of bank verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bank
    he / she / it banks
    past simple banked
    -ing form banking
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  1. 1[transitive] bank something to put money into a bank account She is believed to have banked (= been paid) $10 million in two years.
  2. 2[intransitive] bank (with/at…) to have an account with a particular bank The family has banked with First National for generations.
  3. of plane
  4. 3[intransitive] to travel with one side higher than the other when turning The plane banked steeply to the left.
  5. form piles
  6. 4[transitive] bank something (up) to form something into piles They banked the earth (up) into a mound.
  7. a fire
  8. 5[transitive] bank something (up) to pile coal, etc. on a fire so that the fire burns slowly for a long time The fire was banked up to last throughout the night.
  9. Phrasal Verbsbank on somebody/somethingbank up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bank