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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Users of the different apps and services deposit cryptocurrencies in accounts within each service. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 8 May 2022 The manager said Mitchell-Stewart should have been able to open an account and deposit the check, according to the lawsuit. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 But like many frustrated users, he was instead given a message saying the IRS did not have enough information to deposit his check. Lee Clifford, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2020 Bettors can deposit and wager without risk all the way up to $1,000. Xl Media, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Customers and businesses take those mortgages or small-business credits and deposit the proceeds in savings and checking accounts, and money-market funds. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 The lander will then deposit them in a small pod within the launch vehicle to be launched a short time later. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2022 Members deposit a fixed, equal amount of money into a joint pot every month. The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jan. 2022 Soon after mating, female dragonflies will deposit eggs in rotten wood, directly into the water as a jelly-like substance, or in plant material, like plant stems, leaves. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The $99 is for the deposit and the cost of the parties is $35 per person. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 Fans can secure any ticket type on layaway for a $9.95 deposit. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 3 May 2022 The founders’ Savile Row landlord handed over the keys to a storefront on menswear’s most famous street without even asking for a deposit. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 24 Mar. 2022 His job involved counting and bagging money from the store's cash registers to be transferred to Wells Fargo Bank for deposit, the Secret Service said. Jane Florance, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2022 After that, the ERA paid for the deposit for a new home for her family and promised to pay rent. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Feb. 2022 According to a US Secret Service news release, agents from the Phoenix field office arrested Adrian Jean Pineda, a vault employee at the store, who was responsible for counting cash and preparing it for deposit. Derrick Hinds, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Depending on the type of business or the size of the order, asking for a sizeable deposit before processing an order or beginning a project is a great way to keep ahead of cashflow. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The legislation calls for a $25 seed deposit from the state's general purpose revenue fund. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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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


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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