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verb de·pos·it \di-ˈpä-zət\

Simple Definition of deposit

  • : to put (money) in a bank account

  • : to put or leave (someone or something) in a particular place

  • : to leave an amount of (something, such as sand, snow, or mud) on a surface or area especially over a period of time

Full Definition of deposit

de·pos·it·ed play \-ˈpä-zə-təd, -ˈpäz-təd\ de·pos·it·ing play \-ˈpä-zə-tiŋ, -ˈpäz-tiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place especially for safekeeping or as a pledge; especially :  to put in a bank

  3. 2 a :  to lay down :  place b :  to let fall (as sediment)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become deposited

de·pos·i·tor play \-ˈpä-zə-tər, -ˈpäz-tər\ noun

Examples of deposit

  1. Your paycheck will be automatically deposited into your account.

  2. I deposited over $3,000 this afternoon.

  3. Please deposit your things in your room and return to the hotel lobby.

  4. The taxi deposited us at the train station.

  5. layers of mud deposited by flood waters

Origin of deposit

Latin depositus, past participle of deponere

First Known Use: 1624

Rhymes with deposit



noun de·pos·it

Simple Definition of deposit

  • : an amount of money that is put in a bank account

  • : money that you give someone when you agree to buy something (such as a house or car)

  • : money that you pay when you buy or rent something and that you can get back if you return the thing or leave it in good condition

Full Definition of deposit

  1. 1 :  the state of being deposited

  2. 2 :  something placed for safekeeping: as a :  money deposited in a bank b :  money given as a pledge or down payment

  3. 3 :  a place of deposit :  depository

  4. 4 :  an act of depositing

  5. 5 a :  something laid down; especially :  matter deposited by a natural process b :  a natural accumulation (as of iron ore, coal, or gas)

Examples of deposit

  1. Our records show that she made a large deposit to her account earlier in the month.

  2. If you return that empty soda can, you'll get back the five-cent deposit you paid when you bought the soda.

  3. The rental car company requires a deposit for drivers under the age of 25.

  4. a deposit of mud left by the flood

  5. He had surgery to remove calcium deposits from his knee.

  6. the buildup of fat deposits in the arteries

  7. Their company has discovered new oil deposits below the ocean floor.


First Known Use of deposit


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