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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Other Words from deposit


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 Please deposit all trash in the multiple trash cans available at the park. Joe Songer |, al, "Check out the beauty of Hurricane Creek Park," 20 Oct. 2020 The resident was suspicious, confirmed the check was a phony and did not deposit the check. Kimberly Fornek,, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Residents burglarized when they let man in house “to check the water”," 2 Nov. 2020 In California, there have also been reports of shenanigans involving the drop boxes intended for voters to securely deposit their absentee ballots. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The final countdown," 28 Oct. 2020 Otherwise, officials are saying the best bet is to deposit ballots at a dropbox to make sure they are counted. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Pennsylvania county pushes for Barrett's recusal from mail-in ballot case," 27 Oct. 2020 If the candidate is losing by 5% or more of all votes cast and still wants a recount, that person will need to deposit $250 per precinct. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan changed how it conducts election recounts. Here's how it would work this year," 22 Oct. 2020 In the new branches, customers can still come in to cash or deposit a check. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "U.S. Bank rolls out new branch formats for digital age," 24 Sep. 2020 The euro short-term rate’s slide mainly has consequences for banks that don’t qualify to deposit their money directly at the ECB, or take loans from the central bank. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Oversupply of Easy Money Sends European Borrowing Rates to Record Low," 3 Sep. 2020 Associations that do not regularly deposit money to offset that deterioration are quietly falling into unliquidated debt. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront: The reserve fund – How much is too much?," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The eviction on her and her boyfriend’s credit, as well as the deposit needed to move into an apartment, made an inexpensive motel the family’s only option. Jessica Boehm, USA TODAY, "'A nightmare for too many': Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020 The security deposit would be charged when the tenant signs the lease. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Looking for a new apartment? Four ways to save money and hassle," 17 Nov. 2020 The original bank deposit was later determined to be fake. Kaitlin Edquist,, "Blotter: Dozens of financial crimes, fake unemployment claims reported in Glenview," 16 Nov. 2020 Any additional funds will go to the RNC for deposit in the RNC's Legal Proceedings account or Headquarters account, up to a maximum of $213,000/$90,000. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Trump begins raising money for his new political action committee," 10 Nov. 2020 Should the recount reverse the result, the deposit is reimbursed. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "What are the rules of a US election recount?," 7 Nov. 2020 The average deposit in every bank account went up because of the stimulus payments, and because people weren’t spending on holidays and theater and travel and that kind of stuff. David Gelles, New York Times, "The C.E.O. Who Promised There Would Be No Layoffs," 6 Nov. 2020 Key to the agreement was Sudan's deposit of $335 million into an escrow account to pay compensation to victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Arkansas Online, "Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel," 23 Oct. 2020 To reserve a table at Lucy’s, customers pay a deposit of $25 per person and get a round of drinks and chips and dip to start them off. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Heading out to watch the Saints game? At many New Orleans spots, reservations now required," 9 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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Time Traveler for deposit

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The first known use of deposit was in 1621

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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deposit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 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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