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ˈbæŋk rʌpt, -rəptbank·rupt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bankrupt, insolventadjective

    someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts

  2. bankrupt, belly-up(p)verb

    financially ruined

    "a bankrupt company"; "the company went belly-up"

  3. bankrupt, ruin, break, smashverb

    reduce to bankruptcy

    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"


  1. bankruptverb

    To force into bankruptcy.

  2. bankruptadjective

    having been legally declared insolvent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bankruptadjective

    In debt beyond the power of payment.

    Etymology: banqueroute, Fr. bancorupto, Ital.

    The king’s grown bankrupt, like a broken man. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Sir, if you spend word for word with me,
    I shall make your wit bankrupt. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Verona.

  2. Bankruptnoun

    A man in debt beyond the power of payment.

    Perkin gathered together a power, neither in number nor in hardiness contemptible; but, in their fortunes, to be feared; being bankrupts, and many of them felons. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    It is with wicked men as with a bankrupt: when his creditors are loud and clamorous, and speak big, he giveth them many good words. Edmund Calamy.

    In vain at court the bankrupt pleads his cause;
    His thankless country leaves him to her laws. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Bankruptverb

    To break; to disable one from satisfying his creditors.

    We cast off the care of all future thirst, because we are already bankrupted. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.


  1. bankrupt

    Bankruptcy is a legal process through which people or other entities who cannot repay debts to creditors may seek relief from some or all of their debts. In most jurisdictions, bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, often initiated by the debtor. Bankrupt is not the only legal status that an insolvent person may have, and the term bankruptcy is therefore not a synonym for insolvency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bankruptnoun

    a trader who secretes himself, or does certain other acts tending to defraud his creditors

  2. Bankruptnoun

    a trader who becomes unable to pay his debts; an insolvent trader; popularly, any person who is unable to pay his debts; an insolvent person

  3. Bankruptnoun

    a person who, in accordance with the terms of a law relating to bankruptcy, has been judicially declared to be unable to meet his liabilities

  4. Bankruptadjective

    being a bankrupt or in a condition of bankruptcy; unable to pay, or legally discharged from paying, one's debts; as, a bankrupt merchant

  5. Bankruptadjective

    depleted of money; not having the means of meeting pecuniary liabilities; as, a bankrupt treasury

  6. Bankruptadjective

    relating to bankrupts and bankruptcy

  7. Bankruptadjective

    destitute of, or wholly wanting (something once possessed, or something one should possess)

  8. Bankruptverb

    to make bankrupt; to bring financial ruin upon; to impoverish

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bankrupt

    bangk′rupt, n. one who breaks or fails in business; an insolvent person.—adj. insolvent: destitute (with of).—n. Bank′ruptcy, the state of being or act of becoming bankrupt. [Fr. banque-route, It. banca rotta.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bankrupt in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bankrupt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bankrupt in a Sentence

  1. Mark Paoletta:

    Justice Thomas has been subject to the most racist and vile attacks since at least 1981 when he joined the Reagan Administration– all because he is a Black man who insists that he be allowed to have his own thoughts and ideas, he believes in individual rights, not group rights, an idea that is literally enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. But because he holds those views, the Left and in particular the bankrupt civil rights groups, attack him.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party, it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it -- The Republican committee -- to keep it going.

  3. Sasa Djogovic:

    It is good that this deadline was not extended as the (companies) would have continued to amass debt, if some go bankrupt, so be it. They can be privatised as bankrupt either as whole or in parts.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The Democrats don't care about what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your communities, to your hospitals -- what about your hospitals and to your schools, the Democrats don't care that a flood of illegal immigration will bankrupt our country.

  5. Christian Del Bono:

    Noone's thinking of making money, our aim at this stage is simply not to go bankrupt.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. ultimo
    • B. elusive
    • C. proprietary
    • D. contagious

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