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noun [countable] deposit pronunciation in British English /dɪˈpɒzɪt/
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singulardeposit
pluraldeposits
  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 £500 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. 3
    an amount of money that you pay into a bank account
    make a deposit:

    He made a £2,000 cash deposit on 5 April.

  3. 4
    in the UK, 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
    lose your deposit (=get very few votes):

    The Conservative candidate came last and lost her deposit.

  4. 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 the arteries

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