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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːzɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deposit
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːzɪt//
    he / she / it deposits
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɒzɪts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɑːzɪts//
    past simple deposited
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɒzɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɑːzɪtɪd//
    past participle deposited
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɒzɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɑːzɪtɪd//
    -ing form depositing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɒzɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɑːzɪtɪŋ//
    Rivers and lakes, Buying a home, Banking
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    put down
  1. 1  deposit somebody/something + adv./prep. to put or lay somebody/something down in a particular place She deposited a pile of books on my desk. (informal) I was whisked off in a taxi and deposited outside the hotel.
  2. leave substance
  3. 2  deposit something (especially of a river or a liquid) to leave a layer of something on the surface of something, especially gradually and over a period of time Sand was deposited which hardened into sandstone. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  4. money
  5. 3  deposit something to put money into a bank account Millions were deposited in Swiss bank accounts. You can withdraw and deposit money in any of our branches. See related entries: Banking
  6. 4  deposit something to pay a sum of money as the first part of a larger payment; to pay a sum of money that you will get back if you return in good condition something that you have rented See related entries: Buying a home
  7. put in safe place
  8. 5  deposit something (in something) | deposit something (with somebody/something) to put something valuable or important in a place where it will be safe Guests may deposit their valuables in the hotel safe.
  9. Word Originlate 16th cent. (especially in the phrases in deposit or on deposit): from Latin depositum (noun), medieval Latin depositare (verb), both from Latin deposit- ‘laid aside’, from the verb deponere.
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