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noun [countable] deposit pronunciation in American English /dɪˈpɑzɪt/
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pluraldeposits
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  1. 1
    a first payment that you make when you agree to buy something expensive such as a car or house. The rest of the money that you pay later is called the balance

    She paid a $100 deposit, and agreed to pay the balance within six months.

    put down a deposit (=pay it):

    We’ve put down a deposit on a new house.

  2. 2
    an amount of money that you pay when you start to rent something such as an apartment or a car, that is returned to you when you stop renting it
  3. 3
    an amount of money that you pay into a bank account
    make a deposit:

    He made a large cash deposit on April 5th.

  4. 4
    in the U.K., an amount of money that someone pays to become a candidate in an election. Candidates who do not get many votes do not get their deposit back after the election.
  5. 5
    a layer of a metal or another substance that has formed in soil or rock

    Rich mineral deposits have been discovered in the area.

    1. a.
      a layer of a substance that gradually forms on or inside something

      the build-up of fat deposits in his liver

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