What does Debt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debt(noun)

    the state of owing something (especially money)

    "he is badly in debt"

  2. debt(noun)

    money or goods or services owed by one person to another

  3. debt(noun)

    an obligation to pay or do something


  1. debt(Noun)

    An action, state of mind, or object one has an obligation to perform for another, adopt toward another, or give to another.

  2. debt(Noun)

    The state or condition of owing something to another.

    I am in your debt.

  3. debt(Noun)

    Money that one person or entity owes or is required to pay to another, generally as a result of a loan or other financial transaction.

  4. Origin: From dett, from dete (French: dette), from debita, from debitum, neuter of debitus, perfect passive participle of debeo, contraction of , from de + habeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debt(noun)

    that which is due from one person to another, whether money, goods, or services; that which one person is bound to pay to another, or to perform for his benefit; thing owed; obligation; liability

  2. Debt(noun)

    a duty neglected or violated; a fault; a sin; a trespass

  3. Debt(noun)

    an action at law to recover a certain specified sum of money alleged to be due

  4. Origin: [OE. dette, F. dette, LL. debita, fr. L. debitus owed, p. p. of debere to owe, prop., to have on loan; de- + habere to have. See Habit, and cf. Debit, Due.]


  1. Debt

    A debt is an obligation owed by one party to a second party, the creditor; usually this refers to assets granted by the creditor to the debtor, but the term can also be used metaphorically to cover moral obligations and other interactions not based on economic value. A debt is created when a creditor agrees to lend a sum of assets to a debtor. Debt is usually granted with expected repayment; in modern society, in most cases, this includes repayment of the original sum, plus interest. In finance, debt is a means of using anticipated future purchasing power in the present before it has actually been earned. Some companies and corporations use debt as a part of their overall corporate finance strategy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debt

    det, n. what one owes to another: what one becomes liable to do or suffer: a state of obligation or indebtedness: a duty: (B.) a sin.—p.adj. Debt′ed (Shak.), indebted, obliged to.—ns. Debt′ee, a creditor; Debt′or, one who owes a debt: the side of an account on which debts are charged.—Debt of honour, a debt not recognised by law, but binding in honour—esp. gambling and betting debts; Debt of nature, death.—Active debt, a debt due to one, as opposed to Passive debt, a debt one owes; Floating debt, miscellaneous public debt, like exchequer and treasury bills, as opposed to Funded debt, that which has been converted into perpetual annuities like consols in Britain.—In one's debt, under a pecuniary obligation to one. [O. Fr. dette—L. debitum, debēre, to owe.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. debt

    1. A rope to your foot, cockleburs in your hair, and a clothespin on your tongue. 2. The devil in disguise.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DEBT

    A big word beginning with Owe, which grows bigger the more it is contracted.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Debt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1888

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Debt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3196

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Debt' in Nouns Frequency: #645


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Debt in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Debt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sergio Marxuach:

    The debt stays the same.

  2. Publilius Syrus:

    Debt is the slavery of the free.

  3. Robert W. Service:

    A promise made is a debt unpaid.

  4. Arabic Proverb:

    Poverty without debt is independence.

  5. Chief Executive Officer Michel Guillemot:

    We could go on, we don't have much debt.

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