♦♦♦deposits, depositing, deposited1) N-COUNT: usu sing A deposit is a sum of money which is part of the full price of something, and which you pay when you agree to buy it.
A ₤50 deposit is required when ordering, and the balance is due upon delivery.Syn:2) N-COUNT: usu sing A deposit is a sum of money which you pay when you start renting something. The money is returned to you if you do not damage what you have rented.
It is common to ask for the equivalent of a month's rent as a deposit.3) N-COUNT A deposit is a sum of money which is in a bank account or savings account, especially a sum which will be left there for some time.4) N-COUNT: oft poss N A deposit is a sum of money which you have to pay if you want to be a candidate in a parliamentary or European election. The money is returned to you if you receive more than a certain percentage of the votes. [BRIT]
The Tory candidate lost his deposit.5) N-COUNT: usu with supp A deposit is an amount of a substance that has been left somewhere as a result of a chemical or geological process.
After 10 minutes the surplus material is washed away and any remaining deposit examined with ultra violet light.
...underground deposits of gold and diamonds.
...mineral deposits.6) VERB To deposit someone or something somewhere means to put them or leave them there.
[V n] Just before the explosion someone was seen running from the scene after apparently depositing the packet...
[V n prep/adv] Fritz was on his way out, having just deposited a glass and two bottles of beer in front of Wolfe...
[V n prep/adv] Imagine if you were suddenly swept up and deposited in Morocco. How well could you cope with the language, the weather, the people, and so on?Syn:plant, drop7) VERB If you deposit something somewhere, you put it where it will be safe until it is needed again.
[V n prep/adv] You are advised to deposit valuables in the hotel safe.8) VERB If you deposit a sum of money, you pay it into a bank account or savings account.
[V n] The drawbacks here are that the customer has to deposit a minimum of ₤100 monthly.Syn:pay inAnt:9) VERB: usu passive If a substance is deposited somewhere, it is left there as a result of a chemical or geological process.
[be V-ed] The phosphate was deposited by the decay of marine microorganisms.
English dictionary. 2008.