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

  • transitive v. To put or set down; place.
  • transitive v. To lay down or leave behind by a natural process: layers of sediment that were deposited on the ocean floor; glaciers that deposited their debris as they melted.
  • transitive v. To give over or entrust for safekeeping.
  • transitive v. To put (money) in a bank or financial account.
  • transitive v. To give as partial payment or security.
  • intransitive v. To become deposited; settle.
  • n. Something, such as money, that is entrusted for safekeeping, as in a bank.
  • n. The condition of being deposited: funds on deposit with a broker.
  • n. A partial or initial payment of a cost or debt: left a $100 deposit toward the purchase of a stereo system.
  • n. A sum of money given as security for an item acquired for temporary use.
  • n. A depository.
  • n. Something deposited, especially by a natural process, as:
  • n. Geology A concentration of mineral matter or sediment in a layer, vein, or pocket: iron ore deposits; rich deposits of oil and natural gas.
  • n. Physiology An accumulation of organic or inorganic material, such as a lipid or mineral, in a body tissue, structure, or fluid.
  • n. A sediment or precipitate that has settled out of a solution.
  • n. A coating or crust left on a surface, as by evaporation or electrolysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sediment or rock that is not native to its present location or is different from the surrounding material. Sometimes refers to ore or gems.
  • n. asset that was left to the care of the other
  • n. Money placed in an account.
  • n. Anything left behind on a surface.
  • n. A sum of money or other asset given as an initial payment, to show good faith, or to reserve something for purchase.
  • n. A sum of money given as a security for a borrowed item, which will be given back when the item is returned, e.g. a bottle deposit or can deposit
  • v. To leave or adhere one material or item onto another.
  • v. To entrust one's assets to the care of another. Sometimes done as collateral.
  • v. To put money or funds into an account.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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).
  • n. A natural occurrence of a useful mineral under the conditions to invite exploitation.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. A bailment of money or goods to be kept gratuitously for the bailor.
  • n. Money lodged with a party as earnest or security for the performance of a duty assumed by the person depositing.
  • n. A place of deposit; a depository.
  • transitive v. To lay down; to place; to put; to let fall or throw down (as sediment)
  • transitive v. To lay up or away for safe keeping; to put up; to store.
  • transitive v. 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 v. To lay aside; to rid one's self of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.)
  • n. 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.
  • n. Anything intrusted to the care of another; something given into custody for safe-keeping; specifically, money lodged in a bank for safety or convenience.
  • n. A place where things are deposited; a depository.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A pledge; a pawn; something given as security. Specifically
  • n. 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.
  • n. A naked bailment of personal property, to be kept for the bailor without recompense, and to be returned when he shall require it.
  • n. In Scots law, same as depositation.
  • n. Deposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. matter that has been deposited by some natural process
  • n. the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
  • n. money deposited in a bank or some similar institution
  • n. a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later
  • n. money given as security for an article acquired for temporary use
  • n. the act of putting something somewhere
  • v. put into a bank account
  • v. put, fix, force, or implant
  • n. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
  • n. a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
  • v. put (something somewhere) firmly
  • n. the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating


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".


  • 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

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

    Make the Most of Your 'Safe Money'

  • 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

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

    Bye-Bye to the Fed-Funds Rate

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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

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

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

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  • The migration of the term deposit had run smoothly, according to Batten.

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