Bill - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪl|  American pronunciation of the word bill
Brit.  |bɪl|  British pronunciation of the word bill


- a statute in draft before it becomes law(syn: measure)
- an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered(syn: account, invoice)
- a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank) (syn: banknote, greenback, note)
- the entertainment offered at a public presentation
- an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution (syn: broadsheet, broadside, circular, flier, flyer, handbill, throwaway)
- a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement (syn: card, notice, placard, poster, posting)
- a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)

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- demand payment(syn: charge)
- advertise especially by posters or placards
- publicize or announce by placards (syn: placard)


She ran up an enormous phone bill.

Clients will be billed monthly.

Johnson was billed to speak at two conferences.

The play is billed for next week.

He was billed as the new Sean Connery.

This comedy duo was billed to appear at an anti-smoking rally.

This book was billed as a "riveting adventure story".

The bill for the repairs came to $650.

Have you paid the phone bill?

Could we have the bill, please?

The House of Representatives passed a new gun-control bill.

The senator introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage.

Tricia topped the bill (=was the most important performer) at the Children's Variety Show.

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

He ran up a £1,400 bill at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bill
he/she/it: bills
present participle: billing
past tense: billed
past participle: billed
singular: bill
plural: bills
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