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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: deposit /dɪˈpɒzɪt/ 
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present tense
present participledepositing
past tensedeposited
past participledeposited
  1. 1
    formal to put or leave something somewhere

    They deposited their suitcases at the hotel.

  2. 2
    to pay money into a bank account

    Billions of dollars are deposited in banks every day.

  3. 4
    if a substance is deposited in the soil or in rock, it gradually gathers there and forms a layer

    These sediments were deposited by floods thousands of years ago.

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