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noun [countable] bank pronunciation in American English /bæŋk/ 
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  1. 1
    a financial institution that people or businesses can keep their money in or borrow money from

    Marge works at Bank of America.

    a New York investment bank

    1. a.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a bank

      a bank manager/loan/robbery

  2. 2
    a raised area of land along the side of a river

    A man was fishing on the opposite bank.

    bank of:

    The fashion district lies on the east bank of the river.

    1. a.
      a long area of land with sloping sides

      I climbed a steep bank that overlooked the field.

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    2. b.
      a long pile of earth, snow, or sand
      bank of:

      Great banks of snow and ice lined the roads.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of bank
  3. 3
    a large collection, especially of information or ideas

    an impressive data bank

    bank of:

    The library has a valuable bank of old documents.

    1. a.
  4. 4
    a large number of things in a row, especially pieces of equipment
    bank of:

    a bank of TV monitors


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