billbill1 /bɪl/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1PAYMENTrequest for payment a written list showing how much you have to pay for services you have received, work that has been done etcbill forThe bill for the repairs came to $650.Have you paid the phone bill?2restaurant especially British English a list showing how much you have to pay for food you have eaten in a restaurantSYN check American EnglishCould we have the bill, please?3LAWlawPGPSCL a written proposal for a new law, that is brought to a parliament so that it can be discussedapprove/pass/veto a billThe House of Representatives passed a new gun-control bill.The senator introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage.4MONEYmoney American English a piece of paper moneySYN note British English → coina five-dollar bill5 →fit/fill the bill6CONCERT/SHOW ETCconcert/show etcAPAM a programme of entertainment at a theatre, concert, cinema etc, with details of who is performing, what is being shown etcTricia topped the bill (=was the most important performer) at the Children’s Variety Show.7 →give somebody/something a clean bill of health8BIRDbirdHBB a bird’s beak9advertisement a printednoticeadvertising an event10part of a hat American English the front part that sticks out on a hat such as a baseballcap11 →the (old) billCOLLOCATIONSverbspay a billMost people pay their bills on time.settle a bill (=pay it)She went down to the lobby to settle the bill for their rooms.foot the bill/pick up the bill (=pay for something, especially when you do not want to)Taxpayers will probably have to foot the bill.run up a bill (=use a lot of something so that you have a big bill to pay)It’s easy to run up a big bill on your mobile phone.face a bill (=have a lot to pay on a bill)They were facing a mounting legal bill.cut/reduce a billWe need to find a way to cut our fuel bill.a bill comes to something (=is for that amount)The bill came to $60.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + billa big/huge billTurn off the lights or we’ll get a huge electricity bill.an electricity/gas/phone etc billI’ll have to pay the gas bill too next month.a hotel billHe paid the hotel bill by credit card.a tax billThere are various ways you can reduce your tax bill.an unpaid billShe had unpaid bills amounting to £3,000.an outstanding bill (=still unpaid)He still didn’t have enough to pay his outstanding bills.THESAURUSbill a piece of paper that tells you how much you must payMany families are struggling to pay their bills.a credit card billWe got a huge phone bill.I asked the waiter to bring me the bill.check American English a bill that tells you how much you must pay in a restaurantCan I have the check, please?invoice a document that lists the goods that a company has sent, or the services they have provided, and tells you how much you must pay. It is often sent from one company to another companyPayment is due ten days after receipt of the invoice.tab informal a bill that is added up at the end of a period of time, especially for food or drinks that you have had in a restaurant or hotelPeople staying in the hotel can order food or drinks to be put on their tab.
bill• But Marsha is billed $ 578 a month for his bed, board and treatment.• Despite being billed as the next big thing, huge contracts and catwalk shows failed to materialise.• Some lawyersbillclients up to $300 an hour.• Some consumers are offered one-year subscriptions and then are billed for two years.• In New York, my pharmacistbillsMedicaid directly.• One lobbyist billed the environmental group $20,000 for nine-months' work.Bill, TheThe BillBill, Thea Britishtelevision programme that was about a police station in London and the crimes solved by its police officersFrom King Business Dictionarybillbill1 /bɪl/ noun [countable]1ACCOUNTINGa list showing how much you have to pay for services or goods receivedSYNINVOICEbig companies that fail to settle their bills with smaller businesses on timeThe government will no longer foot the bill (=pay the bill) if banks run into difficulty.bill forThe average bill for electricity is £270 a year. →due bill →past due bill →wage bill2British English a list showing how much you have to pay for food you have eaten in a restaurantSYNcheck AmEWe finished coffee and asked for the bill.3LAW a written proposal for a new lawThe wording of the bill was vague.Democrats met earlier this month to draft (=write) a new tax bill.The senate haspassed a bill (=voted for one and made it law) to reform the social security system. → see alsoFinance Bill4BANKING American English a BANKNOTEA dollar bill costs 3.2 cents to produce.5BANKING a BILL OF EXCHANGE6FINANCE a form of borrowing for short periods of time →Treasury billbillbill2 verb [transitive]to send a bill to someone saying how much they oweSYNINVOICEbill somebody for somethingThey billed the Air Force for the work that they had carried out.→ See Verb tableOriginbill11. (1300-1400)Medieval Latinbilla, from Latinbulla“bubble, seal added to a document”; → BOIL12. Old English bile3. (1300-1400)Old Bill