Suppose I have an e-bank or e-account, to express the action of saving electronic money to that account, which verb should I choose? recharge or deposit? What's the difference between them?


Recharge isn't a particularly apt word for the action of saving money to an e-account, as it would imply a level of balance that's "normal" which your saving of money is returning towards. Deposit means

A sum of money paid into a bank or building society account

and doesn't specify whether the account is branch-based or electronic and so there's no reason not to use that word here.

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    I can understand recharge being a candidate, considering some credits cards gets Charged when buying things with. Recharge would probably mean putting money back on it. But as the answer says, I'd also go with deposit. Arguably working alternative would be transfer - can mean transferring into, from to, etc. Also doesn't care about the type of money. – Sakatox Mar 7 '16 at 10:01
  • @Sakatox Yeah, if the question had been concerning credit cards or similar options recharge would have been more appropriate. +1 for transfer, though that's generally used more for the action of taking money out of your account and putting it into someone else's. I don't often see it used for the other way around, though you're absolutely right that it could be used that way. – John Clifford Mar 7 '16 at 10:04
  • Isn't the latest thing "e", as in edeposit or e-deposit? I say this only half jokingly. There are so many things that are "e" this or that now. – user116032 Mar 7 '16 at 20:15
  • @user116032 e-probably. – John Clifford Mar 7 '16 at 20:48

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