I UK [bɪl] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "bill":
singular bill plural bills
1) a written statement showing how much money you owe someone for goods or services you have received

a telephone bill

bill for:

I hate to think what the bill for the repairs will be.

pay/settle a bill:

I always pay my bills on time.

a) the amount of money you have to pay for something

Their grocery bill is around £50 per week.

The firm says it cannot find the cash to meet its wage bill.

b) a piece of paper that shows how much money you owe after eating in a restaurant. The usual American word is check

Could we have the bill, please?

2) a written document containing a proposal for a new law
pass a bill:

A bill was passed increasing the minimum wage.

Verbs frequently used with bill as the object ▪  amend, approve, debate, draft, introduce, oppose, pass, propose
3) American a banknote

a $100 bill

4) a list of events and performers at a concert, show etc
top the bill (= be the most important performer):

He'll be topping the bill at the show next month.

5) a bird's beak

the (old) billBritish

informal the police

fit I, foot II

II UK [bɪl] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "bill":
present tense I/you/we/they bill he/she/it bills present participle billing past tense billed past participle billed
to send or give someone a written statement of the money they owe
bill for:

We were billed for three nights at the hotel when we were only there for two.

be billed to sing/play etc — if a performer is billed to sing, play etc somewhere, they are listed in a programme or advertisement

Phrasal verbs:

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