bank1 W1S1 [bæŋk] n
1¦(place for money)¦
3 blood/sperm/organ bank
5¦(raised area)¦
8 be makin' bank
[Sense: 1,3,7; Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: banque, from Old Italian banca 'long seat, bank']
[Sense: 2,4,6,8; Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.]
[Sense: 5; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: banc 'long seat']
a) a business that keeps and lends money and provides other financial services
in the bank
We have very little money in the bank.
Barclays Bank
a bank loan
b) a local office of a bank
I have to go to the bank at lunch time.
2.) ¦(RIVER/LAKE)¦
land along the side of a river or lake
bank of
the banks of the River Dee
They walked home along the river bank.
3.) blood/sperm/organ bank
a place where human blood etc is stored until someone needs it
a large mass of clouds, mist etc
a fog bank
bank of
banks of mist
a large sloping mass of earth, sand, snow etc
She was sitting on a grassy bank.
bank of
steep banks of snow
banks of flowers
6.) ¦(MACHINES)¦
a large number of machines, television screens etc arranged close together in a row
bank of
banks of TV monitors
7.) ¦(GAME)¦
a supply of money used to ↑gamble, that people can win
break the bank atbreak1 (24)
8.) be makin' bank
AmE spoken informal to earn a lot of money for the work that you do
Check out Omar's new car. The brother must be makin' bank.
9.) ¦(ROAD)¦
a slope made at a bend in a road or ↑racetrack to make it safer for cars to go around
bank 2
bank2 v
Phrasal verbs
 bank on somebody/something
1.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a) [T]
to put or keep money in a bank
Did you bank that check?
b) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to keep your money in a particular bank
bank with
Who do you bank with?
bank at
I've always banked at First Interstate Bank.
2.) ¦(PLANE/CAR)¦
if a plane, ↑motorcycle, or car banks, it slopes to one side when turning
The plane banked, and circled back toward us.
3.) ¦(PILE/ROWS)¦ [i]also bank up
BrE [T]
to arrange something into a pile or into rows
Snow was banked up on either side of the road.
4.) ¦(CLOUD/MIST)¦ also bank up
to form a mass of cloud, mist etc
Banked clouds promised rain.
5.) ¦(FIRE)¦ [i]also bank up [T]
to cover a fire with wood or coal to keep it going for a long time
Josie banked up the fire to last till morning.
bank on / [bank on sb/sth] phr v
to depend on something happening or someone doing something
= ↑count on bank on (sb) doing sth
I was banking on being able to get some coffee on the train.

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