deposit

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verb

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

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
2
a
: 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
depositor
di-ˈpä-zə-tər How to pronounce deposit (audio)
-ˈpäz-tər
noun

deposit

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noun

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
5
a
: 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)

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Simply deposit into your account and place your first wager to be eligible. Chris Ilenstine, Chicago Tribune, 25 Jan. 2023 If your losing wager is above $50, BetMGM will deposit five bonus bets into your account. Gary Pearson | Catena Media, oregonlive, 24 Jan. 2023 FanDuel will deposit $150 into your account within 72 hours of placing your original bet. al, 24 Jan. 2023 The online lender will deposit the money into your bank account, making your funds available as soon as 24 hours later. Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2023 Female bedbugs can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 As mentioned before, eligible Ohioans can deposit less money and still add a decent bonus. cleveland, 6 Jan. 2023 Over the course of around 30 days, Perseverance will deposit a total of 10 tubes that carry samples representing the diversity of the rock record in Jezero Crater. Julia Musto, Fox News, 30 Dec. 2022 Rather, users deposit cash that will be transferred as cryptocurrency to a digital wallet through a QR code. Maria Gracia Santillana Linares, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022
Noun
Seatings for dinner — by reservation only, secured with a deposit through the Tock platform — would likely be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; the restaurant is expected be open Wednesday to Sunday, Levin said. Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2023 MoneyLion’s cash advances go up to $500 per pay period, though users start at $25 and move up from there based on their deposit history. Aly J. Yale, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 Currently, FanDuel offers non-Ohio bettors up to $150 in bonus bets with a $5 deposit. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 16 Jan. 2023 Lending profits are on a tear now, but higher deposit costs and a looming recession are clouding the outlook for bank stocks. WSJ, 13 Jan. 2023 What concerns Cooper is the bank’s loan-to-deposit ratio, which measured 108.4% versus 84.9% in the year-before period. Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2023 Sweden has discovered what is billed as Europe’s biggest deposit of rare earth minerals — a crucial component of electronics and clean energy technology — giving a significant boost to the continent’s hunt for trade security. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2023 According to the complaint, more than $1 million from a bank account that held fraudulent proceeds was put toward the home’s deposit and mortgage payments. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 TD Bank is the fourth largest retail bank in Massachusetts, based on deposit market share, but is seventh in the city of Boston. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Latin depositus, past participle of deponere — see depose

First Known Use

Verb

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deposit was in 1621

Dictionary Entries Near deposit

Cite this Entry

“Deposit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deposit. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

deposit

1 of 2 verb
de·​pos·​it di-ˈpäz-ət How to pronounce deposit (audio)
1
: to place for safekeeping
especially : to put money in a bank
2
: to give as a pledge that a purchase will be made or a service used
deposit $10 on a new bicycle
3
: to lay down : place, put
deposit a parcel on a table
4
: to let fall or sink
silt deposited by a flood
depositor
-ˈpäz-ət-ər How to pronounce deposit (audio)
-ˈpäz-tər
noun

deposit

2 of 2 noun
1
: the state of being deposited
money on deposit
2
a
: something placed for safekeeping
especially : money deposited in a bank
b
: money given as a pledge or down payment
3
: an act of depositing
4
: something laid or thrown down
a deposit of silt left by the flood
5
: an accumulation of mineral matter (as ore, oil, or gas) in nature

Medical Definition

deposit

1 of 2 transitive verb
de·​pos·​it di-ˈpäz-ət How to pronounce deposit (audio)
: 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

deposit

2 of 2 noun
: 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

Legal Definition

deposit

1 of 2 transitive verb
de·​pos·​it di-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce deposit (audio)
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
depositor noun

deposit

2 of 2 noun
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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