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noun [countable] deposit pronunciation in British English /dɪˈpɒzɪt/
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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 £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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