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.

1615–25; < Latin dēpositus laid down, past participle of dēpōnere; see depone

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

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Word Origin & History

1620s, from L. depositus, pp. of deponere "lay aside, put down, deposit," from de- "away" + ponere "to put" (see position). Geological sense is from 1781; monetary sense is from 1737.
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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   (dĭ-pŏz'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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