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Meaning of deposit by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Latin depositus, past participle of deponere which is "to put down" .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈpɒzɪt/
    • Rhymes: -ɒzɪt


    deposit ( plural: deposits )

    1. Sediment or rock that is not native to its present location or is different from the surrounding material. Sometimes refers to ore or gems .
    2. asset that was left to the care of the other
    3. ( banking ) Money placed in an account .
    4. Anything left behind on a surface .
      a mineral deposit
      a deposit of seaweed on the shore
    5. ( finance ) A sum of money or other asset given as an initial payment, to show good faith, or to reserve something for purchase .
      They put a deposit on the apartment .
    6. A sum of money given as a security for a borrowed item, which will be given back when the item is returned, e.g. a bottle deposit or can deposit

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    deposit ( third-person singular simple present deposits present participle depositing, simple past and past participle deposited )

    1. ( transitive ) To leave or adhere one material or item onto another .
      He deposited his gum on the bottom of the table .
    2. To entrust one's assets to the care of another. Sometimes done as collateral .
    3. ( transitive ) To put money or funds into an account .


Explanation of deposit by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. put, fix, force, or implant

    2. put ( something somewhere ) firmly

    3. deposit the suitcase on the bench
    4. put into a bank account

    5. She deposits her paycheck every month
    1. the act of putting something somewhere

    2. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

    3. a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met

    4. matter that has been deposited by some natural process

    5. the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating

    6. money given as security for an article acquired for temporary use

    7. his deposit was refunded when he returned the car
    8. a partial payment made at the time of purchase

    9. money deposited in a bank or some similar institution

    10. the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

    Definition of deposit by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Deposit v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deposited; p. pr. & vb. n. Depositing.] [L. depositus, p. p. of deponere. See Depone, and cf. Deposit, n.]
      1. To lay down; to place; to put; to let fall or throw down ( as sediment ); as, “a crocodile deposits her eggs in the sand; the waters deposited a rich alluvium.”

      The fear is deposited in conscience. Jer. Taylor.

      2. To lay up or away for safe keeping; to put up; to store; as, “to deposit goods in a warehouse”.

      3. To lodge in some one's hands for safe keeping; to commit to the custody of another; to intrust; esp., to place in a bank, as a sum of money subject to order.

      4. To lay aside; to rid one's self of. [Obs.]

      If what is written prove useful to you, to the depositing that which I can not but deem an error. Hammond.

      ☞ Both this verb and the noun following were formerly written deposite.

    2. Deposit, n. [L. depositum, fr. depositus, p. p. of deponere: cf. F. dépôt, OF. depost. See Deposit, v. t., and cf. Depot.]
      1. That which is deposited, or laid or thrown down; as, “a deposit in a flue”; especially, matter precipitated from a solution ( as the siliceous deposits of hot springs ), or that which is mechanically deposited ( as the mud, gravel, etc., deposits of a river ).

      The deposit already formed affording to the succeeding portion of the charged fluid a basis. Kirwan.

      2. ( Mining ) A natural occurrence of a useful mineral under the conditions to invite exploitation. Raymond.

      3. That which is placed anywhere, or in any one's hands, for safe keeping; something intrusted to the care of another; esp., money lodged with a bank or banker, subject to order; anything given as pledge or security.

      4. ( Law ) A bailment of money or goods to be kept gratuitously for the bailor. Money lodged with a party as earnest or security for the performance of a duty assumed by the person depositing.

      5. A place of deposit; a depository. [R.]

      Bank of deposit. See under Bank. -- In deposit, or On deposit, in trust or safe keeping as a deposit; as, “coins were received on deposit”.