Meaning of BILL in English


I. bill 1 S1 W1 /bɪl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1-7, 9: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Medieval Latin ; Origin: billa , from Latin bulla 'bubble, seal added to a document' ; ⇨ ↑ boil 1 ]

[ Sense 8,10: Language: Old English ; Origin: 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.

Have you paid the phone bill?

2 . RESTAURANT especially British English a list showing how much you have to pay for food you have eaten in a restaurant SYN check American English :

Could we have the bill, please?

3 . LAW a written proposal for a new law, that 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 American English a piece of paper money SYN note British English ⇨ 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 somebody/something 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 American English the front part that sticks out on a hat such as a ↑ baseball cap

11 . the (old) bill British English spoken the police

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■ verbs

▪ pay a bill

Most people pay their bills on time.

▪ settle a bill (=pay it)

She went down to the lobby to settle the bill for their rooms.

▪ foot the bill/pick up the bill (=pay for something, especially when you do not want to)

Taxpayers will probably have to foot the bill.

▪ run up a bill (=use a lot of something so that you have a big bill to pay)

It’s easy to run up a big bill on your mobile phone.

▪ face a bill (=have a lot to pay on a bill)

They were facing a mounting legal bill.

▪ cut/reduce a bill

We need to find a way to cut our fuel bill.

▪ a bill comes to something (=is for that amount)

The bill came to $60.


▪ a big/huge bill

Turn off the lights or we’ll get a huge electricity bill.

▪ an electricity/gas/phone etc bill

I’ll have to pay the gas bill too next month.

▪ a hotel bill

He paid the hotel bill by credit card.

▪ a tax bill

There are various ways you can reduce your tax bill.

▪ an unpaid bill

She had unpaid bills amounting to £3,000.

▪ an outstanding bill (=still unpaid)

He still didn’t have enough to pay his outstanding bills.

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▪ bill a piece of paper that tells you how much you must pay:

Many families are struggling to pay their bills.


a credit card bill


We got a huge phone bill.


I asked the waiter to bring me the bill.

▪ check American English a bill that tells you how much you must pay in a restaurant:

Can I have the check, please?

▪ invoice a document that lists the goods that a company has sent, or the services they have provided, and tells you how much you must pay. It is often sent from one company to another company:

Payment is due ten days after receipt of the invoice.

▪ tab informal a bill that is added up at the end of a period of time, especially for food or drinks that you have had in a restaurant or hotel:

People staying in the hotel can order food or drinks to be put on their tab.

II. bill 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] to send someone a bill:

Clients will be billed monthly.

bill somebody for something

I was billed for equipment that I didn’t order.

2 . be billed to do something 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 to kiss and talk softly

bill something as something phrasal verb

to advertise or describe something in a particular way:

The castle bills itself as the oldest in England.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.