Bank Definition

băngk
banked, banking, banks
noun
banks
An establishment for receiving, keeping, lending, or, sometimes, issuing money, and making easier the exchange of funds by checks, notes, etc.
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An artificial embankment.
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A long mound or heap, as of ground, clouds, or snow; ridge.
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A large elevated area of a sea floor.
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verb
banked, banking
To border or protect with a ridge or embankment.
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To heap dirt around for protection from cold, light, etc.; embank.
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To be in charge of the bank, as in some gambling games.
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To heap or pile up so as to form a bank.
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To arrange (a fire) by covering with ashes, adding fuel, etc. so that it will burn low and keep longer.
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A bank, often organized as a public corporation, that offers the broadest range of services allowed by law, but that is required to keep a larger percentage of its deposits on reserve than is required of savings and loan associations and savings banks.
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A financial institution, often organized and operated like a bank, with a primary purpose to make loans so that individuals can purchase or construct homes, but that also provide various banking services. See also building and loan association.
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idiom
bank on
  • to depend on; rely on
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Origin of Bank

  • From Middle English banke, from Middle French banque, from Old Italian banca (“counter, moneychanger's bench or table”), from Lombardic bank (“bench, counter”), from Proto-Germanic *bankiz (“bench, counter”), from Proto-Indo-European *bheg- (“to turn, curve, bend, bow”). Cognate with Old High German banc, banch (“counter, bench”), Old English benc (“bench”). More at bench.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English banke, from Old English hōbanca (“couch”) and Old English banc (“bank, hillock, embankment”), from Proto-Germanic *bankô. Akin to Old Norse bakki (“elevation, hill”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English banke from French banque from Old Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table from Old High German banc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bank (“bank”), banke, from Old French banc (“bench”), from Frankish *bank. Akin to Old English benc (“bench”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bench from Old French banc from Late Latin bancus of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from French banc. Of German origin, and akin to English bench.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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