Other forms: bills; billing; billed

When thinking about all the many meanings of the simple word bill think of the bill you get in a restaurant. A piece of paper that someone pushes toward you, right?

In the legislature, laws draft form are called bills––pieces of paper being passed around. Dollar bills and advertising bills get passed around too. A bird will push the bill of their beak into things too, and the bill of your baseball hat is the part that sticks out in front of the rest of you. When an actor demands top billing, they want to come first on the billboard marquis in front of the theater (and everywhere else).

Definitions of bill
  1. noun
    an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered
    “he paid his bill and left”
    synonyms: account, invoice
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    electric bill
    a bill for money owed for electricity used
    hotel bill
    statement of charges for staying in a hotel
    doctor's bill, medical bill
    statement of charges for medical services
    phone bill, telephone bill
    statement of charges for telephone service
    reckoning, tally
    a bill for an amount due
    tax bill
    money owed for taxes
    check, chit, tab
    the bill in a restaurant
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    financial statement, statement
    a document showing credits and debits
  2. noun
    a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
    synonyms: Federal Reserve note, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, government note, greenback, note
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    silver certificate
    formerly a bank note issued by the United States Treasury and redeemable in silver
    c-note, hundred dollar bill
    a United States bill worth 100 dollars
    fifty, fifty dollar bill
    a United States bill worth 50 dollars
    twenty, twenty dollar bill
    a United States bill worth 20 dollars
    ten dollar bill, tenner
    a United States bill worth 10 dollars
    five dollar bill, five-spot, fiver
    a United States bill worth 5 dollars
    two dollar bill
    a United States bill worth 2 dollars
    buck, clam, dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill
    a piece of paper money worth one dollar
    nickel, nickel note
    five dollars worth of a drug
    type of:
    folding money, paper currency, paper money
    currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie
  3. noun
    a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
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    bill of entry
    a list of goods received at a customhouse for export or import
    bill of goods
    a consignment of merchandise
    bill of fare, card, carte, carte du jour, menu
    a list of dishes available at a restaurant
    a theatrical program
    a la carte
    a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices
    prix fixe
    a menu listing fixed meals at fixed prices
    table d'hote
    a menu offering a complete meal with limited choices at a fixed price
    type of:
    list, listing
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
  4. noun
    an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
    synonyms: broadsheet, broadside, circular, flier, flyer, handbill, throwaway
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    an advertising circular that is enclosed with other material and (usually) sent by mail
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    ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
    a public promotion of some product or service
  5. noun
    a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
    synonyms: card, notice, placard, poster, posting
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    show bill, show card, theatrical poster
    a poster advertising a show or play
    flash card, flashcard
    a card with words or numbers or pictures that is flashed to a class by the teacher
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    a public display of a message
  6. noun
    the entertainment offered at a public presentation
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    program, programme
    a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
  7. verb
    demand payment
    “We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights”
    synonyms: charge
    enter a certain amount as a charge
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    impose, levy
    charge and collect payment
    exact a tithe from
    charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
    charge (someone) too little money
    charge an extra fee, as for a special service
    send an bill to
    charge a fee for using
    levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
    impose anew
    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    impose a fine on
    levy a tax on
    levy a distress on
    type of:
    account, calculate
    keep an account of
  8. verb
    publicize or announce by placards
    synonyms: placard
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    publicize with, or as if with, a poster
  9. verb
    advertise especially by posters or placards
    “He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso”
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    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
  10. noun
    a statute in draft before it becomes law
    “they held a public hearing on the bill
    synonyms: measure
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    appropriation bill
    a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose
    bill of attainder
    a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial
    bottle bill
    a statute that would require merchants to reclaim used bottles
    farm bill
    a statute that would regulate farm production and prices
    trade bill
    a statute that would regulate foreign trade
    type of:
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  11. noun
    horny projecting mouth of a bird
    synonyms: beak, neb, nib, pecker
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    the fleshy, waxy covering at the base of the upper beak of some birds
    type of:
    the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening
  12. noun
    a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
    “he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead”
    synonyms: eyeshade, peak, visor, vizor
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    a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
  13. noun
    a long-handled saw with a curved blade
    “he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree”
    synonyms: billhook
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    hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting




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