Definition of deposit in US English:

deposit

noun

  • 1A sum of money placed or kept in a bank account, usually to gain interest.

    • ‘In the past, bank deposits ruled the money and credit creation process.’
    • ‘Homeowners that have refinanced or taken out home equity loans also have additional liquidity that makes its way into banking or money market deposits.’
    • ‘Unlike safe investments such as bank deposits or Treasury bonds, dividends are not guaranteed.’
    • ‘An inquiry at the academy found an unauthorised bank account and unauthorised deposits.’
    • ‘The ability to transfer funds at the press of the button raises the risk of ‘bank runs’ on deposits by panicked depositors.’
    • ‘Minimum reserve requirements imply that banks are obliged to hold deposits at the central bank as a percentage of their eligible monetary liabilities.’
    • ‘His principal differences with classical monetary analysis include the notion of circulating currency to include money and bank deposits.’
    • ‘But a claim - and bank notes or deposits are claims to money - does not involve the creditor's relinquishing any of the present good.’
    • ‘Maintain a bank account: make deposits as well as withdrawals.’
    • ‘Stoppage at the bank's proofing centre on Tuesday will stop the bank earning interest on deposits via the money market.’
    • ‘When you place your money into a bank deposit, the bank will take your funds and make loans.’
    • ‘Interest on bank or building society deposits of 3000 annually can be sheltered from tax.’
    • ‘His approach is akin to measuring your personal solvency by adding up the deposits in your bank account and neglecting the withdrawals.’
    • ‘Many have had good reason to use bank and money market deposits to purchase some of the inflating quantity of higher-yielding Treasury bills and notes.’
    • ‘Any money market accounts, certificates of deposits, bank bonds, Treasuries, and savings are assets.’
    • ‘Lower rates on bank deposits also are pushing money into the economy.’
    • ‘These funds are generated to a large degree by the general public in the form of life insurance policies, pension funds, bank deposits and unit trust investments.’
    • ‘During those periods, there were sharp reductions in bank deposits, bank notes, wages, and prices.’
    • ‘The money supply was composed of bank notes and deposits, convertible into specie, and gold and silver coin.’
    • ‘In many instances bank reconciliations were not prepared while bank accounts revealed unknown deposits and withdrawals.’
  • 2A sum payable as a first installment on the purchase of something or as a pledge for a contract, the balance being payable later.

    ‘we've saved enough for a deposit on a house’
    • ‘There are only a small number of tickets left so to avoid disappointment book your place with any committee member and pay your deposit as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Lowry then used the balance as a deposit on a property at Cheadle near Manchester.’
    • ‘After several months without bottle recycling, college students recently staged a protest by collecting bottles on campus and trying to hand them in as a deposit on their tuition fees.’
    • ‘Mr. Moldenhauer insisted in his evidence that he had merely offered to make up some or all of the loss of the deposit by reducing his commission in future deals with Mr. Wemyss.’
    • ‘Full membership between now and April 2005 is available for a modest deposit with the balance payable on May 1, 2004.’
    • ‘All wishing to participate should book their place and pay a deposit as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Persimmon said then that the acquisition of 20,000 shares was merely a deposit on a conditional contract to buy the ground, subject to planning permission and vacant possession.’
    • ‘They are useful if you need a lump sum, perhaps to put down a deposit on a second home or buy-to-let.’
    • ‘The developers are offering a 5 per cent discount on list prices for anyone who places a reservation deposit on the day.’
    • ‘Mr. Power said he accepted that the measure would cause trouble for those who had put a deposit on a property but had not signed a contract.’
    • ‘The children of farming communities should have the opportunity to come back to their own area, whether they want to build here themselves or sell a site to put a deposit on a house elsewhere.’
    • ‘The shares had simply been bought to secure the deposit on the contract.’
    • ‘The survey found the average rent in Dublin for a one-bedroom apartment was €950 a month and many buyers were able to afford this while saving for a deposit on a house.’
    • ‘The amount charged was recorded as a deposit on an invoice.’
    • ‘She had resigned herself to accepting a check that she'd negotiated with the developer for the deposit on a new place.’
    • ‘Given the difficulty of saving enough cash to pay the deposit on a new home, how much are first-time buyers actually borrowing?’
    • ‘The typical customer would be an individual who was saving to buy a new car or to put a deposit on a house.’
    • ‘If interested you are asked to give an answer as soon as possible as a deposit is required by the middle of December.’
    • ‘It helped pay the deposit on our house when securing the mortgage.’
    • ‘The cost of buying property is now, in many cases, cheaper than renting and certainly high rents put the squeeze on individuals and couples hoping to save enough for a deposit on a house.’
    down payment, part payment, advance payment, prepayment, instalment, security, retainer, pledge, stake
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    1. 2.1 A returnable sum payable on the rental of something, to cover any possible loss or damage.
      • ‘They can function in addition to or as a replacement for a standard pet deposit which generally only covers minor damage.’
      • ‘Landlords are not allowed to ask for first and last months' rent or a damage deposit.’
      • ‘The damage deposit covered their final month's rent but their lease was obviously dead.’
      • ‘He is still finding it hard to get a damage deposit together and notes that even if he had the money, many landlords don't want to rent from someone whose current address is a shelter.’
      • ‘The beautiful thing is that when they decide to move on, they can keep the damage deposit.’
      • ‘The agreement should also lay down rules for the eventual return of any deposit against damages that you ask for, and you should inform any mortgage lender - although this is usually a formality.’
      • ‘He mumbles an unheard one-liner about losing his damage deposit as he wrenches the door of the moving car open and dives inelegantly inside.’
      • ‘Most pet deposits simply don't come close to covering the damage caused by pets.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, Chang has promised that all security deposits will be returned as soon as possible after they had been claimed.’
      • ‘I then carefully drove it home and took it to the lawyers, where I handed it over as the security deposit on my house.’
      • ‘The most a landlord can ask for in terms of a damage deposit is the last month's rent, payable before the tenant occupies a unit.’
      • ‘Force convicted slumlords to give damage deposits to the government.’
      • ‘So sure was I of Chris coming through with the loan approval that I'd begun patching up my apartment so I could get my damage deposit back when I moved out.’
      • ‘Sometimes the loans were for a few hundred bucks, money to buy an old car to drive to work in or to put down as a security deposit on an apartment.’
      • ‘As a landlord you can refuse to return their deposit if they have caused damage beyond normal wear and tear.’
      • ‘To weather these delays, framers not only should have enough cash in reserve, but also should require an up-front deposit to cover initial costs.’
      • ‘Some hotels ask you to pay a damage deposit when you check-in in case something like this happens.’
  • 3A layer or body of accumulated matter.

    ‘the deposits of salt on the chrome’
    • ‘He said the problems were compounded by large salt deposits washed up from the sea which would leave a trail on the windows of homes and businesses in the wake of the storm.’
    • ‘That the deposit accumulated in a relatively short period of time and was not built up gradually as the result of daily disposal of rubbish is indicated by several lines of evidence.’
    • ‘These so-called amyloid deposits accumulate extracellularly in various organs.’
    • ‘The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the joints and in other tissue.’
    • ‘An early Iron Age deposit survived intact, with an excellent accumulation of cultural deposits.’
    • ‘The Aral Sea, with its thick deposits of salt and chemicals, is now the biggest single collection of dust in the world.’
    • ‘‘Placer’ gold deposits are those that accumulate in the sediments of stream beds.’
    • ‘Residents and visitors still are waiting the high tide of June 4th to eliminate all trace of that troublesome deposit and restore the beach to its pristine beauty.’
    • ‘Birth defects and complications are also being missed because ultrasound waves are unable to penetrate large fat deposits.’
    • ‘The lowermost deposit in an accumulation is the indicator of the oldest event, or period, in the depositional record.’
    • ‘No matter how many miles are on them, your mechanic should replace the spark plugs if they're oil or carbon-fouled, if they're covered with deposits, or if the electrode is worn.’
    • ‘Use them on barbecue grills and untreated oven racks for stubborn deposits when damage to surface is not important.’
    • ‘Besides leaving salt deposits, rusting internal parts and causing valve damage, water in an engine also makes short work of pistons and cylinders.’
    • ‘This peptide collects in the brain of Alzheimer's patients and forms protein deposits which can damage and even destroy the sensitive nerve cells.’
    • ‘Liposuction is a surgical procedure which uses a suction device to permanently remove unwanted deposits of fat tissue.’
    • ‘Fat deposits can form around your stomach and upper back.’
    • ‘Sweat and swimming can weaken strands substantially, so be sure to rinse hair and scalp after a workout or swim to remove drying, damaging salt and chlorine deposits.’
    • ‘Frequently, this is due to cholesterol deposits and damage in the blood vessels.’
    • ‘This product is specifically designed to remove oily deposits without damaging the surface of the plane.’
    • ‘The result is a sooty deposit on one of the electrodes that contains columns filled with nanotubes.’
    accumulation, sediment, sublimate
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    1. 3.1 A natural layer of sand, rock, coal, or other material.
      • ‘In addition to the dominant Precambrian and Paleozoic rocks, there are small deposits of Mesozoic rocks on the island as well.’
      • ‘More than a moving vehicle to carry away natural deposits of rock and shale, the river takes with it whatever it is given.’
      • ‘What was at stake, and what prompted the woman's presentation, was pressure from gas interests to further develop natural gas deposits in the area.’
      • ‘Rising magmas are the essential component for building the mineral deposits of the Andes.’
      • ‘In the Lagan Valley the boulder clay is often covered by later glacial deposits.’
      • ‘Mongolia, population 2.3 million, lives on mostly undeveloped land with so much mineral wealth that coal deposits sit on the desert surface.’
      • ‘The rich mineral deposits surrounding Iron Town generate plenty of wealth to go around.’
      • ‘Because much of the evidence is literally microscopic, it is possible, with good deposits like these at Harnham, to learn a great deal about an ancient environment from even very small excavations.’
      • ‘Lemmon says the rock samples and mineral deposits tend to point to a large area of water that once existed on Mars, such as a lake or even a sea.’
      • ‘Mining activities for these mineral deposits can be traced back two thousand years.’
      • ‘Mineral deposits include oil and natural gas, gold, uranium, bauxite, nickel, and cobalt.’
      • ‘The removal of huge amounts of material from the underground deposit causes massive subsidence at the surface.’
      • ‘Asbestos is a fibrous mineral mined from rock deposits.’
      • ‘Chinese companies are interested in Mongolia's largely unexplored coal deposits and other mineral reserves.’
      • ‘Seventeen miles due west is the White Sands National Monument, 300 square miles of white gypsum dunes, the largest gypsum deposit in the world.’
      • ‘All of the blasting and tunneling that went on at the site riddled the mountain with fractures, exposing enormous areas of rock and mineral deposits to oxygen and water.’
      • ‘Most parts of the dry sea floor are covered with deposits of billions of tonnes of toxic salts, brought there over the decades with the water seeping from the fields into the rivers.’
      • ‘This issue may become important in years to come as mineral deposits and other natural resources are discovered, as may the impact of the increasing number of tourists visiting the continent.’
      • ‘In these deposits, it is possible to observe changes over many years which are recorded, providing information about past environments.’
      • ‘The first step in the mining is removing the overburden - the topsoil, muskeg, sand, clay and gravel - that covers the deposits.’
      seam, vein, lode, layer, stratum, bed, accumulation
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  • 4The action of placing something in a specified place.

    ‘the deposit of a thesis in a library gives no guarantee of copyright protection’
    ‘I'd like to make a deposit’
    • ‘Disposal will include, but not be confined to, any of the processes of removal, transport and deposit.’
    • ‘He wanted to discuss the security arrangements available to someone making a large cash deposit.’
    • ‘Just try to make a cash deposit to your bank account.’
    • ‘All he needs to do is make a cash deposit.’
    • ‘But, surprisingly, much of the world views that money creation only occurs with the deposit into a bank account.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Put or set down (something or someone) in a specific place, typically unceremoniously.

    ‘he deposited a pile of schoolbooks on the kitchen table’
    • ‘The pilot deposits us, then flies to his native village, several miles up the valley, with a promise to return in 45 minutes for the flight to Tbilisi.’
    • ‘She removed her valuables and deposited them inside the metal case.’
    • ‘Before she could react the escalator had deposited us and I squeezed by.’
    • ‘Her bodyguards, she said, have deposited her on many week nights on a naval base in Amsterdam, or hustled her off to sleep in different hotels.’
    • ‘He mastered the science, but it deposited him at the foot of something much larger and more complicated.’
    • ‘He helps Pete over the threshold before depositing him on the stairs.’
    • ‘A waiter zipped over and deposited two glasses of water and a dish of mixed nuts on their table, took their drink orders, and hurried off.’
    • ‘The owner scooted over from doing his genial rounds of the table and scooped up the hapless moggy, depositing him safely but unceremoniously on the street outside.’
    • ‘We may not have slipped straight into the gaucho lifestyle, our horse being more determined to deposit us in a ditch then to stick on the road, but we were learning.’
    • ‘Ben yanked him up by the back of his collar and half dragged him to the livery, depositing him in a pile of hay.’
    • ‘With a sigh, she swept most of the potatoes into her apron, and trudged across the room, dropping only one, and deposited them all in a large pot over a fire pit.’
    • ‘Our bus deposited us just a few steps from our hotel.’
    • ‘Mrs. M. instructed everyone to take out their valentines, walk around the class, and deposit the cards in the proper mailboxes.’
    • ‘I was finally deposited in a small and remote village and told to wait on a pavilion under a palm-thatched roof.’
    • ‘Today, I caught the super-early bus, which deposited me upon a strangely studentless Swanston Street.’
    • ‘Taking the bowl that rested just inside the next room, he deposited its contents, roughly diced potatoes, into the rolling and steaming water.’
    • ‘‘See you later,’ Tim says, after Adam is safely deposited in a sitting position on his blankets.’
    • ‘Anthony and the rest of these battle weary soldiers deposit the body armor, the first sign they are going home.’
    • ‘The train deposits you at Sirkeci station, in the heart of Istanbul, at the gateway to the Golden Horn.’
    • ‘On Aug.30, rescuers picked him up in a boat and deposited him on an interstate.’
    put, put down, place, lay, lay down, set, set down, unload, rest, settle, sit
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    1. 1.1 (of water, the wind, or other natural agency) lay down (matter) gradually as a layer or covering.
      ‘beds where salt is deposited by the tide’
      • ‘This is testament to the inert nature of gold; the metal is commonly deposited hydrothermally as grains, wires, and crystals in quartz veins.’
      • ‘The overlying limestones and tuffs were deposited in shallow water as indicated by the rich shelly fauna.’
      • ‘They found that the materials in all three divisions were wet both before and after the layers were deposited by either wind or water.’
      • ‘Sand was deposited by wind or water, and briefly wetted by liquid water that evaporated, forming the sulfate cement.’
      • ‘Geologists suggested the layers may have been formed either by ash from a volcano or from sediments deposited by wind or liquid water.’
      • ‘From this data, scientists hope to determine whether some of the layers were deposited by wind, rather than by water.’
      • ‘A few tools are found still associated with this gravel which has been clearly deposited by water.’
      • ‘Vein gold is deposited by hot subterranean water known as a hydrothermal fluid.’
      • ‘Silver was deposited near the end of the copper deposition, and most specimens show a combination of silver on copper.’
      • ‘Flowing water may have deposited sand and silt in the bottoms of lakebeds or oceans.’
      • ‘Carbonaceous sediments were deposited over a wide range of environments.’
      • ‘Fossils, he claimed, were the remains of once-living organisms, turned to stone inside layers of silt or sand deposited by water.’
      • ‘Sediments deposited by the water may also have been brought to the surface by the meteorite impacts that gave rise to the many craters visible today.’
      • ‘Usually these were positioned a few inches above the mound floor, apparently after a layer of soil was deposited.’
      • ‘Sand dunes develop ridges when the wind deposits a chance accumulation of sand grains.’
      • ‘This indicates that the sand was deposited by flowing water.’
      • ‘That meteorite contains carbonates and other minerals that would have been deposited from liquid water flowing through it nearly 4 billion years ago.’
      • ‘At the time of its abrupt opening, layers of unconsolidated lime mud and ash were already deposited on the dolomite surface.’
      • ‘A layer of oxygen blocking material is deposited on the layer of metal.’
      • ‘If it turns out that passing comets have deposited water ice on the moon, hydrogen and oxygen might be even more easily obtained, he added.’
      leave behind, leave, set down, let settle, precipitate, dump
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    2. 1.2 Lay (an egg)
      ‘the female deposits a line of eggs’
      • ‘Most salamanders deposit aquatic eggs, which hatch into aquatic larvae.’
      • ‘Females deposited their eggs in clutches with the eggs arranged in rows, which meant that the order of fertilization by the different sires could be distinguished.’
      • ‘Evidence for this comes from the fact that eggs at different stages of development can be found in their nests, suggesting that multiple females deposited eggs in the nest.’
      • ‘Eggs are deposited by the female one at a time and fertilized simultaneously by the male, with clutch sizes sometimes reaching 500 eggs.’
      • ‘The males become pregnant after the females deposit their eggs onto them.’
      • ‘Several females may deposit eggs in the same nest and a female may deposit eggs in several different nests.’
      • ‘When that happens, the usurper proceeds systematically to execute the now defenseless larvae before it deposits its own eggs in the gall.’
      • ‘Females of some species will deposit eggs in other female's nests.’
      • ‘The mother later returns, repeatedly, to each of her tadpoles, which have reduced beaks and denticles, and deposits unfertilized eggs for them to eat.’
      • ‘Females make slits in the branches and deposit their eggs inside.’
      • ‘In many species, males guard nest sites in which several females can deposit their eggs.’
      • ‘After this process is complete a male bull trout (usually only one) will fertilize eggs deposited by the female.’
      • ‘Females leave the spawning area a few days after depositing their eggs.’
      • ‘Once hatched, females return to their hatching beach every few years to deposit eggs.’
      • ‘Clutches of 8-15 eggs are deposited in nests that the females dig, and the hatchlings emerge between a year and 16 months later.’
      • ‘It ends with the female depositing her eggs in the male's pouch.’
      • ‘This can be understood by considering a scenario in which males can spawn for only 3 days (the same period that females spend depositing eggs).’
      • ‘The females of many species deposit their eggs on just the few plant species that serve as food sources for the emerging larvae.’
      • ‘A female ready to deposit her eggs seeks out a bloodsucking insect, generally a fly or mosquito.’
      • ‘Given the ephemeral nature of the pools, females need to deposit eggs early and quickly.’
  • 2Store or entrust with someone for safekeeping.

    • ‘The receptacles will be suitable for weapons to be deposited safely without opportunity of them being removed.’
    • ‘He also suggested that to prevent such a theft we should have deposited the helmets with him for safekeeping.’
    • ‘Traditionally, villagers deposit money in post offices as they consider them safe and they also earn more interest compared to banks.’
    • ‘After depositing my bags in a sarkari guest house I made for the office of the Dashauli Gram Swarajya Mandal.’
    1. 2.1 Pay (a sum of money) into a bank account.
      ‘the money is deposited with a bank’
      • ‘Eurocurrency is the term given to any currency which is deposited in a bank account outside its country of origin.’
      • ‘Would you also like to go to the bank and deposit regular sums of money?’
      • ‘I always arrange for my regular tax refund to be deposited in my bank account.’
      • ‘The money collected was deposited in the State Account.’
      • ‘All too often, dividend cheques are just deposited into our bank accounts and spent.’
      • ‘The amount of money deposited in the saving accounts of each bank can be no more than $100 million yuan.’
      • ‘The simplest and safest way is to put cash into an interest-bearing bank account, where you are paid by the bank for depositing your money.’
      • ‘Early on, you may have to settle for a secured credit card, which is a card backed by money you deposit in a savings account.’
      • ‘When he started dating a girl he was quite seriously about, Mum opened a bank account, weekly deposited money into and gave him an access card so he could impress his girl.’
      • ‘He says an emergency meeting of all eight hospitals has been planned for Monday if money is not deposited in their bank accounts today.’
      • ‘As far as he is concerned, they gave him the money to be deposited into his trading account so that he could trade with it.’
      • ‘The only sign of him is the money that's deposited into my bank account every month.’
      • ‘If you file electronically and arrange for your refund to be deposited into your bank account, you'll get your money in less than two weeks, assuming the return is accurate.’
      • ‘I once had a large sum of money deposited into my bank account by mistake.’
      • ‘Prosecutors believe that a large portion of the missing funds was deposited in local bank accounts that have yet to be traced.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom has it that as equities perform better than savings in the long term, the money should not be deposited at a bank or building society but invested in stocks and shares.’
      • ‘This may prevent the victim of a fraud seeking a proprietary remedy against a bank where money has been deposited into a bank account.’
      • ‘The money would be deposited in a UN-controlled bank account used to buy food.’
      • ‘For example, it says that your money must be deposited into a custodial account, which walls it off in case your employer goes bankrupt or is sold.’
      • ‘Money laundering is charged because the lobster purchase and sale required money to be deposited in a bank.’
      lodge, bank, house, store, stow, put away, hoard, lay in
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    2. 2.2 Pay (a sum) as a first installment or as a pledge for a contract.
      ‘I had to deposit 10% of the price of the house’
      • ‘In fact, we allow them to deposit NT $20,000 initially and pay the remainder in installments.’
      • ‘Earlier, the students were compelled to pay a fee of Rs 5,000 apart from Rs 23,000 deposited as the first installment for getting the institute affiliated.’

Origin

Late 16th century (especially in the phrases in deposit or on deposit): from Latin depositum (noun), medieval Latin depositare (verb), both from Latin deposit- ‘laid aside’, from the verb deponere.

Pronunciation

deposit

/dəˈpäzət//dəˈpɑzət/