The word "bill" is often associated with money. Whether you pay for something or ask for payment, you can use this word.

"Bill" is often used as a verb:

  • The city billed us $10,000 for street repairs.
  • We were billed $10,000 for street repairs done by the city. ("Bill" often appears in the passive voice.)
  • The dentist billed John for a couple of fillings.
  • John was billed for some dental work.
  • The plumber billed me $200 to fix the toilet.
  • I was billed $200 for some plumbing work.

You also hear "bill" used as a noun:

  • John received a bill from the dentist’s office.
  • The dentist’s office sent him a bill.
  • Bills are sent out from the utility companies once a month.
  • Do you understand everything that’s on your bill?
  • Last month’s bill for electricity was kind of high.
  • Fatma paid her bill before leaving the restaurant. (You can also use the word "check" in place of "bill" when paying for something at a restaurant. Fatma paid her check before leaving the restaurant.)
  • The mechanic gave me a bill for the work that he did on my car.


Finally, we use the word "bill" when describing different denominations of money:

10-dollar bill

  • This is a ten-dollar bill.
  • I have a five-dollar bill in my wallet.
  • The cashier gave me a bunch of one-dollar bills.
  • Whose picture is on the hundred-dollar bill?

How to talk about money is important to understand. You can go to this page to learn more vocabulary related to money.

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This page was first published on January 2, 2012.