From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdepositde‧pos‧it1 /dɪˈpɒzɪt $ dɪˈpɑː-/ ●●○ S3 W3 noun [countable] 1 SUM OF MONEYPAY FORa part of the cost of something you are buying that you pay some time before you pay the rest of itdeposit of A deposit of 10% is required.put down a deposit (on something) (=pay a deposit) We put down a deposit on a house.2 RENTPAY FORmoney that you pay when you rent something such as an apartment or car, which will be given back if you do not damage itdeposit of We ask for one month’s rent in advance, plus a deposit of $500.3 BANKBFBMONEYan amount of money that is paid into a bank account OPP withdrawaldeposit into I’d like to make a deposit (=pay some money) into my savings account.4 SOIL/MINERALSHEGHEGa layer of a mineral, metal etc that is left in soil or rocks through a natural processdeposit of rich deposits of gold in the hills5 LAYERCOVERan amount or layer of a substance that gradually develops in a particular place fatty deposits on the heart6 ELECTIONPPVan amount of money paid by a candidate in a political election in Britain, that is returned to them if they get enough voteslose your deposit (=not get enough votes)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: money that you pay when you rent something such as an apartment or car, which will be given back if you do not damage itverbspay a depositCar hire firms may ask you to pay a deposit in advance.get your deposit backYou'll get your deposit back when all the bills have been paid.lose your deposit (=not get it back)If there is any damage to the apartment, you may lose your deposit.give somebody their deposit backWhen I left, the landlord refused to give me my deposit back.return somebody's deposit formal (=give it back to them)Your deposit will be returned to you when you leave the flat.adjectivesrefundable/returnable (=that you get back later if there is no damage)We ask for a refundable deposit of 500 Euros.
Examples from the Corpusdeposit• We paid one month's rent in advance, plus a deposit of $500.• In 1992 almost 70 percent of bank deposits and almost 90 percent of loans were in foreign currencies.• The average of interbank offered rates for dollar deposits in the London market based on quotations at five major banks.• fatty deposits in the arteries leading to the heart• Banks introduced ATMs in the 1970s to automate two functions: deposits and cash extraction.• oil and mineral deposits• Interest rates on offshore deposits exceed those on comparable domestic deposits because offshore deposits are not subject to reserve requirements.• You pay for the service with brain cells instead of money, and everyone has simply billions of brain cells on deposit.• He might prefer a building society deposit or a National Savings instrument or government bonds or equities.• We begin with the short-term sterling deposit contract.• The exact rate for the investment is fixed at the time the deposit is made and then runs through the period chosen.put down a deposit (on something)• She had already put down a deposit on a ship ticket for the two of us.• Borrowers taking this deal would have to put down a deposit of at least 5 per cent.• Bass, for example, requires a tenant to put down a deposit of £1,000 before he can even contemplate arbitration.make a deposit• Minna had made a deposit on ship tickets, and I had received my interior passport.• Savers who have made deposits between £3,000 and £5,999 over the past two years are paid 6.35 per cent.• With a managed fund the investor makes a deposit, and the manager decides on the spread of currencies and the contracts. lose your deposit• Predictably, the Conservative candidate Colette Jones was well beaten and lost her deposit.• At 96 we would have lost our deposit.• So they're not losing their deposit?• That is why Labour and the Tories stand in areas where they know they will lose their deposits.depositdeposit2 ●○○ verb 1 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] formalPUT to put something down in a particular place The female deposits her eggs directly into the water.2 [transitive]PUT to leave a layer of a substance on the surface of something, especially gradually As the river slows down, it deposits a layer of soil.3 [transitive]PUT to put money or something valuable in a bank or other place where it will be safedeposit something in something You are advised to deposit your valuables in the hotel safe.deposit something with somebody/something The dollars are then deposited with banks outside the USA.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say they put in or pay in money, rather than deposit money:I paid/put $100 into his account.You should put your valuables in the hotel safe. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdeposit• Our records show that you deposited $200 in your account on January 17th.• These processes were controlled by the conditions existing in the environments where the sediments were deposited.• Half the profits are deposited in a corporate account that can be drawn on only with stockholder consent.• The money is deposited in my account every month.• These will be deposited in the Sterling Memorial Library.• From this medium, calcium is deposited in tissues, mainly bone, or filtered by the renal glomerulus.• The Colorado River deposits large amounts of sediment in Lake Powell.• After the lessons on the environment, children deposited much more litter in trash cans, rather than dropping it.• Deposit the check immediately.• Aunt Augusta deposited the contents of her bag on the kitchen table.• It was resolved to deposit the Damascus Declaration with the Arab League as an official document.• I'd like to deposit this in my checking account.• In bygone days, both railroad and stagecoach deposited visitors in nearby Point Reyes Station.From Longman Business Dictionarydepositde‧pos‧it1 /dɪˈpɒzətdɪˈpɑː-/ noun1[countable]BANKING an amount of money paid into a bank account or held in a bank account, especially when it is earning interestResidents have some $4 billion in deposits in local financial institutions.The Hong Kong bank had more than US$1 billion on deposit when it was closed. → see also certificate of deposit, memorandum of deposit2deposits [plural]BANKING the total amount of money held in bank accounts etc within an economy3[countable] (also deposit account)BANKING a bank account in which money can be held and will earn interest4[countable]PROPERTY a small first payment that you make for a house, car, holiday etcYou have to put down a deposit of 10% of the total cost.5[countable]PROPERTY an amount of money that you pay when you rent something which will be given back to you if you do not damage the thing you are rentingYou will have to pay one month’s rent in advance, plus a deposit of $500.depositdeposit2 verb [transitive]BANKING to leave money or other valuable things at a bankdeposit something in somethingHe advised her to sell the shop and deposit the money in the bank.deposit something with somebody/somethingThe dollars were deposited with banks outside the USA.→ See Verb tableOrigin deposit2 (1500-1600) Latin depositus, past participle of deponere; → DEPOSE