bill

bill1 W1S1 [bıl] n
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1¦(request for payment)¦
2¦(restaurant)¦
3¦(law)¦
4¦(money)¦
5 fit/fill the bill
6¦(concert/show etc)¦
7 give somebody/something a clean bill of health
8¦(bird)¦
9¦(advertisement)¦
10¦(part of a hat)¦
11 the (old) bill
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[Sense: 1-7, 9; Date: 1300-1400; : Medieval Latin; Origin: billa, from Latin bulla 'bubble, seal added to a document'; BOIL1]
[Sense: 8,10; Origin: Old English bile]
[Sense: 11; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Old Bill]
1.) ¦(REQUEST FOR PAYMENT)¦
a written list showing how much you have to pay for services you have received, work that has been done etc
bill for
The bill for the repairs came to $650.
phone/electricity/gas/water etc bill
Have you paid the phone bill ?
2.) ¦(RESTAURANT)¦
especially BrE a list showing how much you have to pay for food you have eaten in a restaurant
American Equivalent: check
Could we have the bill, please?
3.) ¦(LAW)¦
a written proposal for a new law, which is brought to a parliament so that it can be discussed
approve/pass/veto a bill
The House of Representatives passed a new gun-control bill.
The senator introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage.
4.) ¦(MONEY)¦
AmE a piece of paper money
British Equivalent: note
→↑coin
a five-dollar bill
5.) fit/fill the bill
to be exactly what you need
This car fits the bill perfectly. It's cheap and gets good mileage.
6.) ¦(CONCERT/SHOW ETC)¦
a programme of entertainment at a theatre, concert, cinema etc, with details of who is performing, what is being shown etc
Tricia topped the bill (=was the most important performer) at the Children's Variety Show.
7.) give sb/sth a clean bill of health
to officially state that someone is in good health or that something is working correctly
Maddox was given a clean bill of health.
8.) ¦(BIRD)¦
a bird's beak
9.) ¦(ADVERTISEMENT)¦
a printed notice advertising an event
10.) ¦(PART OF A HAT)¦
AmE the front part that sticks out on a hat such as a ↑baseball cap
11.) the (old) bill
BrE spoken the police
bill 2
bill2 v [T]
1.) to send someone a bill
Clients will be billed monthly.
bill sb for sth
I was billed for equipment that I didn't order.
2.) be billed to do sth
if someone is billed to appear, perform etc somewhere, it has been planned and advertised that they will do this
Johnson was billed to speak at two conferences.
3.) bill and coo
old-fashioned if two lovers are billing and cooing, they are kissing and talking softly
bill as [bill sth as sth] phr v
to advertise or describe something in a particular way
The castle bills itself as the oldest in England.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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