bank - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun [countable] 

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/bæŋk/
singularbank
pluralbanks
  1. 1
    a financial institution that people or businesses can keep their money in or borrow money from. The main banks used by ordinary people are called high-street banks

    Marge works for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

    a New York investment bank

    1. a.
      an office of a bank

      I need to go to the bank this morning.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a bank
  2. 2
    a raised area of land along the side of a river

    A man was fishing on the opposite bank.

    bank of:

    The village lies on the east bank of the river Derwent.

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

      There was a steep bank looking onto the football ground.

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

      Great banks of snow and ice lined the roads.

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  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    you can take it to the bank there is no doubt about it

    If he makes a promise, you can take it to the bank.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 15/05/2015
  4.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    6
    the bank of mum and dad when parents lend or give their grown-up children money to help them pay for things they need or want but can't afford

    The phrase: 'Bank of Mum and Dad', may have originally been coined as a joke but nowadays this monetary notion is much more of a reality.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/03/2012