deposit - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

  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. 2
    an amount of money that you pay when you start to rent something such as a flat or 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 £2,000 cash deposit on 5 April.

  4. 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.

  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