Definition of bank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bæŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæŋk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bank
    BrE BrE//bæŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæŋk//
    he / she / it banks
    BrE BrE//bæŋks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæŋks//
    past simple banked
    BrE BrE//bæŋkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæŋkt//
    past participle banked
    BrE BrE//bæŋkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæŋkt//
    -ing form banking
    BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkɪŋ//
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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. The company is expected to bank more than £100 000 in ticket sales.
  2. 2[intransitive] bank (with/at…) to have an account with a particular bank The family had banked with Coutts for generations. See related entries: Banking
  3. of plane
  4. 3[intransitive] to travel with one side higher than the other when turning The plane banked steeply to the left. The pilot banked the plane to give passengers a better look at the mountain.
  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 as high as if it were midwinter.
  9. Word Originverb senses 3 to 5 Middle English: from Old Norse bakki, of Germanic origin; related to bench. The senses of is ‘set of things in rows’ from French banc, of the same ultimate origin. verb senses 1 to 2 late 15th cent. (originally denoting a money dealer's table): from French banque or Italian banca, from medieval Latin banca, bancus, of Germanic origin; related to other senses of bank and bench. Phrasal Verbsbank on somebodybank up
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