bill ( bills plural & 3rd person present) ( billing present participle) ( billed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A bill is a written statement of money that you owe for goods or services.
They couldn't afford to pay the bills..., He paid his bill for the newspapers promptly., ...phone bills.
2 verb If you bill someone for goods or services you have provided them with, you give or send them a bill stating how much money they owe you for these goods or services.
Are you going to bill me for this? V n for n, Also V n
3 n-sing The bill in a restaurant is a piece of paper on which the price of the meal you have just eaten is written and which you are given before you pay.
(BRIT) the N
in AM, use check
4 n-count A bill is a piece of paper money.
(AM) usu supp N
...a large quantity of US dollar bills.
in BRIT, use note
5 n-count In government, a bill is a formal statement of a proposed new law that is discussed and then voted on.
usu sing, usu with supp
This is the toughest crime bill that Congress has passed in a decade..., The bill was approved by a large majority.
6 n-sing The bill of a show or concert is a list of the entertainers who will take part in it.
7 verb If someone is billedto appear in a particular show, it has been advertised that they are going to be in it.
She was billed to play the Red Queen in Snow White. be V-ed to-inf
billing n-uncount usu with supp
...their quarrels over star billing.
8 verb If you bill a person or event as a particular thing, you advertise them in a way that makes people think they have particular qualities or abilities.
They bill it as Britain's most exciting museum. V n as n
9 n-count A bird's bill is its beak.
Private Member's Bill
11 If you say that someone or something fits the bill or fills the bill, you mean that they are suitable for a particular job or purpose.
fit the bill/fill the bill phrase V inflects
If you fit the bill, send a CV to Rebecca Rees.
12 If you have to foot the billfor something, you have to pay for it.
foot the bill phrase V inflects Who is footing the bill for her extravagant holiday?
bill of fare ( bills of fare plural ) The bill of fare at a restaurant is a list of the food for a meal from which you may choose what you want to eat.
Bill of Rights
A Bill of Rights is a written list of citizens' rights which is usually part of the constitution of a country. n-sing
double bill ( double bills plural ) , double-bill A double bill is a theatre or cinema performance in which there are two shows on the programme. n-count oft N of n
Private Member's Bill ( Private Members' Bills plural ) In Britain, a Private Member's Bill is a law that is proposed by a Member of Parliament acting as an individual rather than as a member of his or her political party. n-count