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 \

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 deposit (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 The increase will force banks to deposit more foreign exchange assets, putting downward pressure on the yuan. Ben Westcott, CNN, 2 June 2021 Mitek is best known for its Mobile Deposit app, which allows smartphone users to deposit checks by snapping a photo with their mobile phones. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 Swimmers deposit nearly 6,000 tons of sunscreen into our oceans each year and high levels of sunscreen chemicals have been found in ocean water especially around diving sites. Bea Mcmonagle, Forbes, 29 May 2021 In addition to the murder and conspiracy charges, Lori was charged with grand theft and grand theft by deception for continuing to deposit Tylee and J.J.'s Social Security survivor benefits after their deaths. Jeff Truesdell,, 26 May 2021 After a two-to-four-week jaunt, emerging and mating in order to deposit eggs in tree branches, the adult cicadas will perish. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 May 2021 More recently, using smartphones to deposit physical checks has become commonplace. Marc Joffe, National Review, 6 May 2021 Wayne State University has offered to deposit $10 in the accounts of students who upload proof of vaccination by May 7. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2021 Unfortunately, young saplings up to four years old may be killed or stunted as females deposit up to 600 eggs in clutches of 25 at a time. Meg Muckenhoupt, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What today would be a single house’s front yard becomes a collective garden, a deposit of sorts into a community land trust that could one day weave through multiple blocks. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 May 2021 Vila submitted a claim to the fund in 2013 on behalf of Ferreyra, who authorized the deposit of his award money into a bank account controlled by Vila’s law firm in 2015. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 That first day, 280 customers deposited more than $9,400 (or about $280,000 today), including the largest deposit of $441 and one account that was opened with just 31 cents. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 There is a bidder deposit of $100,000 required, however. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2021 Most of the other similar schemes that have run through small Italian towns require a deposit of somewhere between €2,000 and €5,000 (about $2,380 to $5,950). Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 10 Mar. 2021 Plans call for digging about 7,000 feet below ground level to reach a large deposit of copper ore. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2021 Direct deposit of stimulus funds began last week; mailing of paper checks started Dec. 30. Leada Gore |, al, 4 Jan. 2021 There was a $10,000 reward being offered for a commercial deposit of uranium. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 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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11 Jun 2021

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“Deposit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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


transitive verb
de·​pos·​it | \ di-ˈpäz-ət How to pronounce deposit (audio) \
deposited\ -​ˈpäz-​ət-​əd, -​ˈpäz-​təd How to pronounce deposit (audio) \; depositing\ -​ˈpäz-​ət-​iŋ, -​ˈpäz-​tiŋ How to pronounce deposit (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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transitive verb
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 deposit (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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