from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To put or set down; place.
  • intransitive verb To lay down or leave behind by a natural process.
  • intransitive verb To give over or entrust for safekeeping.
  • intransitive verb To put (money) in a bank or financial account.
  • intransitive verb To give as partial payment or security.
  • intransitive verb To become deposited; settle.
  • noun Something, such as money, that is entrusted for safekeeping, as in a bank.
  • noun The condition of being deposited.
  • noun A partial or initial payment of a cost or debt.
  • noun A sum of money given as security for an item acquired for temporary use.
  • noun A depository.
  • noun Something deposited, especially by a natural process, as.
  • noun Geology A concentration of mineral matter or sediment in a layer, vein, or pocket.
  • noun Physiology An accumulation of organic or inorganic material, such as a lipid or mineral, in a body tissue, structure, or fluid.
  • noun A sediment or precipitate that has settled out of a solution.
  • noun A coating or crust left on a surface, as by evaporation or electrolysis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lay down; place; put: as, a crocodile deposits her eggs in the sand; soil deposited by a river.
  • To lay away; lay in a place for preservation or safe-keeping; store: as, to deposit goods in a warehouse.
  • To place for care or custody; lodge in trust; place: as, to deposit money in a bank; to deposit bonds or goods with a creditor as security.
  • To lay or set aside; get rid of.
  • To settle or be formed by deposition; descend and rest or become attached.
  • noun That which is laid or thrown down; matter laid down or lodged in a place, or settled by subsidence or precipitation, as from a fluid medium.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun In geology, any mass of material which has been thrown down from, or moved and gathered together by, water, or which has been separated from a solution by chemical agencies. Irregularity of form is rather a characteristic of a deposit; if the material be evenly and uniformly distributed, it would more generally be termed a bed or layer. The products of volcanic agencies are rarely designated by the term deposit.
  • noun In mining, the most general term for an accumulation, or “occurrence,” of ore, of whatever form or nature it may be; but the word ore is generally added. (See ore-deposit.) By some authors the term deposit is used as meaning a mode of occurrence of ore supposed to be less permanent in its character than a true vein. Thus, flat masses or sheets would often be called deposits, especially if not exhibiting any of the special characters of true or fissure veins. (See vein.)
  • noun The metallic coating precipitated by galvanic action from a chemical solution upon a ground or base, as the film of gold or silver on plated articles, or of copper on copper-faced type, or the copper shell of an electrotype plate.
  • noun Anything intrusted to the care of another; something given into custody for safe-keeping; specifically, money lodged in a bank for safety or convenience.
  • noun A place where things are deposited; a depository.
  • noun The state or fact of being deposited or stored in the care of another; storage: as, to have money on deposit in a bank; safe deposit.
  • noun A pledge; a pawn; something given as security. Specifically
  • noun In law: A sum of money which one puts into the hands of another to secure the fulfilment of some agreement, or as a part payment in advance.
  • noun A naked bailment of personal property, to be kept for the bailor without recompense, and to be returned when he shall require it.
  • noun In Scots law, same as depositation.
  • noun Deposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To lay down; to place; to put; to let fall or throw down (as sediment)
  • transitive verb To lay up or away for safe keeping; to put up; to store.
  • transitive verb To lodge in some one's hands for safe keeping; to commit to the custody of another; to intrust; esp., to place in a bank, as a sum of money subject to order.
  • transitive verb obsolete To lay aside; to rid one's self of.
  • noun That which is deposited, or laid or thrown down; ; especially, matter precipitated from a solution (as the siliceous deposits of hot springs), or that which is mechanically deposited (as the mud, gravel, etc., deposits of a river).
  • noun (Mining) A natural occurrence of a useful mineral under the conditions to invite exploitation.
  • noun That which is placed anywhere, or in any one's hands, for safe keeping; something intrusted to the care of another; esp., money lodged with a bank or banker, subject to order; anything given as pledge or security.
  • noun A bailment of money or goods to be kept gratuitously for the bailor.
  • noun Money lodged with a party as earnest or security for the performance of a duty assumed by the person depositing.
  • noun rare A place of deposit; a depository.
  • noun See under Bank.
  • noun in trust or safe keeping as a deposit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Sediment or rock that is not native to its present location or is different from the surrounding material. Sometimes refers to ore or gems.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dēpōnere, dēposit-; see depone.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin depositus, past participle of deponere which is "to put down".


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  • MUMBAI – State Bank of India late Thursday said it will increase interest rates on loans and a term deposit scheme with effect from Saturday, after its chairman hinted earlier in the day at a hike after the central bank's July monetary tightening.

    State Banks of India Raises Interest Rates Sourav Mishra 2011

  • You earn higher interest only on the period that the money was in the term deposit.

    Make the Most of Your 'Safe Money' Shefali Anand 2011

  • Logically, then, the fed-funds rate will mechanically shadow the term deposit auction rate.

    Bye-Bye to the Fed-Funds Rate 2010

  • Since 2000, the daily correlation between the one-month Treasury repo rate and the fed-funds rate is nearly a perfect 1.0, meaning that the reverse repo strategy is functionally equivalent to the term deposit strategy.

    Bye-Bye to the Fed-Funds Rate 2010

  • He said more than 500 firms have registered for the term deposit facility and the New York Fed has added 58 money market funds as counterparties for reverse repurchase agreements.

    unknown title 2011

  • He said more than 500 firms have registered for the term deposit facility and the New York Fed has added 58 money market funds as counterparties for reverse repurchase agreements.

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  • "The use of reverse repos and the term deposit facility would together allow the Federal Reserve to drain hundreds of billions of dollars of reserves from the banking system quite quickly, should it choose to do so," Bernanke said. - Stuff 2010

  • In our case, the term deposit actually paid more interest than the loan was charging.

    Ask MetaFilter NotSoSimple 2010

  • The bank didn't have any problems giving us the loan because they were holding the term deposit as collateral.

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  • We think Bernanke will again stress that the discount rate increase and the test of a couple of new instruments like the term deposit facility and the reverse repos doesn't mean that monetary policy is oriented towards tightening. KBC Bank 2010


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