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[dih-poz-it] /dɪˈpɒz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to place for safekeeping or in trust, especially in a bank account:
He deposited his paycheck every Friday.
to give as security or in part payment.
to deliver and leave (an item):
Please deposit your returned books with the librarian.
to insert (a coin) in a coin-operated device:
Deposit a quarter and push the button.
to put, place, or set down, especially carefully or exactly:
She deposited the baby in the crib.
to lay or throw down by a natural process; precipitate:
The river deposited soil at its mouth.
verb (used without object)
to be placed, inserted, precipitated, left for safekeeping, given as security or in partial payment, etc.
money placed in a bank account or an instance of placing money in a bank account.
anything given as security or in part payment:
The boy returned the bottle and got his five-cent deposit back. They made a deposit on the house and signed a ten-year mortgage.
anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping:
A large deposit of jewels was stolen from the hotel safe.
a place for safekeeping; depository.
something precipitated, delivered and left, or thrown down, as by a natural process:
a deposit of soil.
the natural sediment of wine in a bottle.
a coating of metal deposited on something, usually by an electric current.
a natural accumulation or occurrence, especially of oil or ore:
a mountain range with many rich deposits of gold.
Origin of deposit
1615-25; < Latin dēpositus laid down, past participle of dēpōnere; see depone
Related forms
predeposit, noun, verb
redeposit, verb, noun
subdeposit, noun
superdeposit, noun
undeposited, adjective
1. bank, save, store. 15. lode, vein, pocket. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deposit
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  • Make haste, say they can put him down to my deposit account.

  • He would drive into Fallon at once to see the carpenter and deposit the check.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • I also wanted to deposit some money and dispose of some mules that I would not need, on my trip.

    The Indians' Last Fight Dennis Collins
  • I will go down and deposit this; for Betty has seen I have been writing.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Emmeline intending to go to her own room, went first into the drawing room to deposit her music book.

    Emmeline Charlotte Turner Smith
British Dictionary definitions for deposit


verb (transitive)
to put or set down, esp carefully or in a proper place; place
to entrust for safekeeping; consign
to place (money) in a bank or similar institution in order to earn interest or for safekeeping
to give (money) in part payment or as security
to lay down naturally; cause to settle: the river deposits silt
  1. an instance of entrusting money or valuables to a bank or similar institution
  2. the money or valuables so entrusted
money given in part payment or as security, as when goods are bought on hire-purchase See also down payment
a consideration, esp money, given temporarily as security against loss of or damage to something borrowed or hired
an accumulation of sediments, mineral ores, coal, etc
any deposited material, such as a sediment or a precipitate that has settled out of solution
a coating produced on a surface, esp a layer of metal formed by electrolysis
a depository or storehouse
on deposit, payable as the first instalment, as when buying on hire-purchase
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dēpositāre, from Latin dēpositus put down
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Word Origin and History for deposit

1620s, from Latin depositus, past participle of deponere "lay aside, put down, deposit," also used of births and bets, from de- "away" (see de-) + ponere "to put" (see position). Related: Deposited; depositing.


1620s, from Latin depositum, from deponere (see deposit (v.)). Geological sense is from 1781; monetary sense is from 1737.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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deposit in Medicine

deposit de·pos·it (dĭ-pŏz'ĭt)
v. de·pos·it·ed, de·pos·it·ing, de·pos·its

  1. To lay down or leave behind by a natural process.

  2. To become deposited; settle.

  1. An accumulation of organic or inorganic material, such as a lipid, in a body tissue, structure, or fluid.

  2. A sediment or precipitate that has settled out of a solution.

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deposit in Science
An accumulation or layer of solid material, either consolidated or unconsolidated, left or laid down by a natural process. Deposits include sediments left by water, wind, ice, gravity, volcanic activity, or other agents. A layer of coal formed over many years through the decomposition of plant material is also a deposit.
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