Pronunciation: (di-poz'it),[key] —v.t. 1. to place for safekeeping or in trust, esp. in a bank account: He deposited his paycheck every Friday. 2. to give as security or in part payment.
3. to deliver and leave (an item): Please deposit your returned books with the librarian. 4. to insert (a coin) in a coin-operated device: Deposit a quarter and push the button. 5. to put, place, or set down, esp. carefully or exactly: She deposited the baby in the crib. 6. to lay or throw down by a natural process; precipitate: The river deposited soil at its mouth.
—v.i. to be placed, inserted, precipitated, left for safekeeping, given as security or in partial payment, etc.
—n. 1. money placed in a bank account or an instance of placing money in a bank account.
2. anything given as security or in part payment: The boy returned the bottle and got his five-cent deposit back. They made a deposit on the house and signed a ten-year mortgage. 3. anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping: A large deposit of jewels was stolen from the hotel safe. 4. a place for safekeeping; depository.
5. something precipitated, delivered and left, or thrown down, as by a natural process: a deposit of soil. 6. the natural sediment of wine in a bottle.
7. a coating of metal deposited on something, usually by an electric current.
8. a natural accumulation or occurrence, esp. of oil or ore: a mountain range with many rich deposits of gold.