de·​pos·​it | \ di-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce deposit (audio) \
deposited\ di-​ˈpä-​zə-​təd How to pronounce deposited (audio) , -​ˈpäz-​təd \; depositing\ di-​ˈpä-​zə-​tiŋ How to pronounce depositing (audio) , -​ˈpäz-​tiŋ \

Definition of deposit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place especially for safekeeping or as a pledge depositing her tools in the trunk of the car especially, economics : to put in a bank having your paycheck automatically deposited into your bank account
2a : to lay down : place deposited himself in the chair next to me
b : to let fall (something, such as sediment) layers of mud that had been deposited by the flood

intransitive verb

: to become deposited



Definition of deposit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the state of being deposited
2 : something placed for safekeeping: such as
a : money deposited in a bank making a deposit or a withdrawal a deposit of $3,000
b : money given as a pledge or down payment put down a deposit on a new house
3 : a place of deposit : depository
4 : an act of laying or putting something or someone down : an act of depositing the deposit of boulders by ancient glaciers
5a : something laid down especially : matter deposited by a natural process sandy deposits at the river's mouth fatty deposits in the arteries
b geology : a natural accumulation (as of iron ore, coal, or gas)

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depositor \ di-​ˈpä-​zə-​tər How to pronounce depositor (audio) , -​ˈpäz-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for deposit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of deposit in a Sentence

Verb Your paycheck will be automatically deposited into your account. I deposited over $3,000 this afternoon. Please deposit your things in your room and return to the hotel lobby. The taxi deposited us at the train station. Noun Our records show that she made a large deposit to her account earlier in the month. If you return that empty soda can, you'll get back the five-cent deposit you paid when you bought the soda. The rental car company requires a deposit for drivers under the age of 25. a deposit of mud left by the flood He had surgery to remove calcium deposits from his knee. the buildup of fat deposits in the arteries Their company has discovered new oil deposits below the ocean floor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then deposit the funds into the 529 account and turn around and take a distribution to pay tuition. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "How Covid-19 Has Changed the Way People Should Save for College," 17 Oct. 2020 Ohioans still must go to the county board of elections to deposit their ballots in a drop box, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose determined Monday. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio's elections chief Frank LaRose: No off-site ballot drop boxes," 5 Oct. 2020 Voters can also deposit absentee ballots in the drop-off box at the election center of the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, located at 701 West Ormsby Ave. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Here's where Jefferson County's proposed 20 polling locations are for Election Day," 1 Oct. 2020 People can also deposit their ballots into more than 280 drop boxes across the state. Stephanie García,, "'A sleeping giant’: Baltimore-area organizers aim to turn out vote of growing Latino community," 28 Sep. 2020 The choice to deposit $5 Billion on July 1, the biggest in history, in the corpus, instead of paying the past due dividends made COVID/Tourism crash worse. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 22 — David Nees," 3 Oct. 2020 Then, the applicant was supposed to fill out and deposit one electronically into his account. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Mystery shopper, fake job offers target people stretched for cash during pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020 The worms often crawl up to the soil surface and deposit their droppings on the surface. Dan Gill,, "Dan Gill's mailbag: It takes a little work to keep composting pile in balance; don't eat palm fruit," 16 Sep. 2020 This underwater structure is charged with a low-voltage current that causes sea minerals to deposit on its surface, forming a natural substrate onto which corals can cement. Stefanie Blendis, CNN, "Can art help save marine life? Socio-ecological artist designs new coral reefs using virtual reality," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once that requirement is met, the deposit is transferred to a savings account in the member’s name. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "What it takes for risky borrowers to get a car loan," 7 Oct. 2020 When the check bounces, the bank may then reverse the deposit, leaving the seller on the hook. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, "The Artist John Newman Says a Fake Check Scam Cost Him $12,000," 7 Oct. 2020 Finding an investor could be even harder now, said Bruce Switzer, former director of environmental affairs for Cominco, now Teck, in the early 1990s when the mining company owned the Pebble deposit. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Leaked tapes and loose talk tarnished Pebble’s reputation. Can the proposed mine go on?," 6 Oct. 2020 Rodriguez took a risk, put down a deposit for that space and moved out of the flea market. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "'We move the economy': How Latino-owned businesses are meeting unique challenges," 28 Sep. 2020 One couple, a husband and wife, put a deposit on a $900,000 shipyard condo in April 2018. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Extremely unlikely that they will find anything’," 28 Aug. 2020 Students may wait to put down a deposit until there’s more clarity, says Kristen Capezza, vice president of enrollment management and university communications at Adelphi University. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "If college is part of your fall 2020 plan, here are 4 options to consider," 1 June 2020 But now, with a $5,000 resiliency grant from the city of Phoenix, Sayles has recovered from her initial financial losses and put a deposit on a commercial kitchen. Emilly Davis, The Arizona Republic, "'Definitely a blessing': Phoenix grant helps put dessert company back on track during pandemic," 1 Jan. 2019 Each subscriber, paying his deposit, would be entitled to £100 per annum per share. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: A SPAC Fund & Palantir’s Public Listing," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of deposit


1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deposit

Verb and Noun

Latin depositus, past participle of deponere — see depose

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The first known use of deposit was in 1621

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deposit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deposit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (money) in a bank account
somewhat formal : 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



English Language Learners Definition of deposit (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


de·​pos·​it | \ di-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce deposit (audio) \
deposited; depositing

Kids Definition of deposit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place for or as if for safekeeping I deposited money in the bank.
2 : to give as a pledge that a purchase will be made or a service used He deposited ten dollars on a new bicycle.
3 : to lay down : put He deposited his books on the table.
4 : to let fall or sink Layers of mud were deposited by flood waters.



Kids Definition of deposit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the state of being deposited money on deposit
2 : money that is deposited
3 : something given as a pledge or as part payment He put a deposit of ten dollars on a new bicycle.
4 : something laid or thrown down A deposit of mud was left by the flood.
5 : mineral matter built up in nature a coal deposit
de·​pos·​it | \ di-ˈpäz-ət How to pronounce deposit (audio) \
deposited\ -​ˈpäz-​ət-​əd, -​ˈpäz-​təd How to pronounce deposited (audio) \; depositing\ -​ˈpäz-​ət-​iŋ, -​ˈpäz-​tiŋ How to pronounce depositing (audio) \

Medical Definition of deposit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lay down or foster the accumulation of as a deposit crystals are deposited in the articular cartilage, the synovium, and the capsuleMedical Radiography & Photography



Medical Definition of deposit (Entry 2 of 2)

: matter laid down or accumulated especially in a living organism by a normal or abnormal process removal of calcium deposits in his knees by arthroscopic surgery

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de·​pos·​it | \ di-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce deposit (audio) \

Legal Definition of deposit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place for safekeeping or as security may deposit the property with the court especially : to put in a bank account
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : to place (movable property) under a deposit the depository can not make use of the thing depositedLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from deposit

depositor \ di-​ˈpä-​zə-​tər How to pronounce depositor (audio) \ noun



Legal Definition of deposit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the state of being deposited (as in an account) holding the property on deposit — compare escrow, trust
2 : something placed for safekeeping: as
a : money deposited in a bank especially to one's credit
demand deposit
: a bank deposit that can be withdrawn without prior notice
general deposit
: a deposit of money in a bank that is to the credit of the depositor thereby giving the depositor the right to money and creating a debtor-creditor relationship
special deposit
: a deposit that is made for a specific purpose, that is to be returned to the depositor, and that creates a bailment or trust
time deposit
: a bank deposit that can be withdrawn only after a set period of time or with prior notice
b : something given as security — see also security deposit

Note: A deposit may be applied to a purchase price or may be considered partial payment.

3 in the civil law of Louisiana
a : the gratuitous transfer of possession of movable property to another for a limited time or specified purpose such that the depositary is liable to some extent for loss or damage to the property — see also sequestration — compare bailment, hiring, loan for consumption and loan for use at loan

Note: Like the common-law bailment, the civil law deposit requires either actual or constructive delivery.

necessary deposit
: a deposit compelled by a sudden emergency

Note: The Louisiana Civil Code deems the deposit of travelers' belongings with an innkeeper a necessary deposit.

voluntary deposit
: a deposit that is made by the mutual consent of the depositor and depositary

Note: The consent required may be express or implied, and because of the requirements of consent, only persons with the capacity to contract can make a voluntary deposit.

b : the movable property that is the object of a deposit the depositary is bound to use the same diligence in preserving the deposit that he uses in preserving his own propertyLouisiana Civil Code
4 : an act of depositing upon the deposit of the money in the escrow account
5 : depository night deposit

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