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Definition of deposit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    deposit

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    noun
    NAmE//dɪˈpɑzət//
     
     
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    money
  1. 1 [usually singular] a deposit (on something) a sum of money that is given as the first part of a larger payment We've put down a 5% deposit on the house. They normally ask you to pay a $100 deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. Thesauruspaymentpremium contribution subscription repayment deposit installmentsThese are all words for an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay, or for the act of paying.payment an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay; the act of paying:ten monthly payments of $50 payment in advancepremium an amount of money that you pay once or regularly for an insurance policy; an extra payment added to the basic rate; a higher amount of money than usual:an insurance premium a premium for express deliverycontribution a sum of money that you pay regularly, often to your employer or the government, for benefits such as health insurance, a retirement plan, etc:You can increase your monthly contributions to your savings account.subscription an amount of money you pay in advance to receive regular copies of a newspaper or magazine, or to receive a service:a subscription to “Newsweek”repayment money that you pay to a bank, etc. until you have returned all the money that you owe; the act of paying this money:to set up a repayment plandeposit an amount of money that you pay as the first part of a larger payment; money that you put into a bank account:We've put down a 5% deposit on the house. I made a $500 deposit into my checking account.installments one of a number of payments that you make regularly over a period of time until you have paid for something:We paid for the car by/in installments.Patterns (a/an) annual/monthly/regular payment/premium/contributions/subscription/deposit/installments payment/repayment in full to pay a premium/a contribution/a subscription fee/a deposit/installments to make (a) payment/deposit to meet/keep up (with) (the) payment(s)/the premiums
  2. 2 [usually singular] a sum of money that is paid by someone when they rent something and that is returned to them if they do not lose or damage the thing they are renting to pay a deposit They'll probably ask you to leave a deposit. see also security deposit
  3. 3a sum of money that is paid into a bank account Deposits can be made at any branch. opposite withdrawal
  4. substance
  5. 4 a layer of a substance that has formed naturally underground mineral/gold/coal deposits
  6. 5a layer of a substance that has been left somewhere, especially by a river, flood, etc., or is found at the bottom of a liquid The rain left a deposit of mud on the windows. fatty deposits in the arteries of the heart glacial deposits
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