What does debt mean?

Definitions for debt
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debtnoun

    the state of owing something (especially money)

    "he is badly in debt"

  2. debtnoun

    money or goods or services owed by one person to another

  3. debtnoun

    an obligation to pay or do something

Wiktionary

  1. debtnoun

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

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

  2. debtnoun

    The state or condition of owing something to another.

    I am in your debt.

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

  3. debtnoun

    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.

    Etymology: 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. Debtnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Debtnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Debtnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of debt in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Ang:

    Oil-exporting countries such as Malaysia may have diminished government revenues from falling energy prices and this could exacerbate their debt issues, if prices do continue to fall and persist for a long time ... oil rig developments could be re-evaluated if the cost for extraction continues to exceed the cost per barrel.

  2. Tony Pua:

    The proposed debt-asset swap with IPIC hasn't been completed and there is no certainty that 1MDB would be able to cough out 18 billion ringgit of assets to swap the equivalent amount of debt with IPIC by June 2016.

  3. Pope Francis:

    Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water because they are denied a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.

  4. Chris Christopher:

    Most likely, Americans are using their pump price savings to pay down debt, increase the money they put aside and for dining out.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    I want to get more kids in debt, young people with debt, into programs where they pay a percentage of their income instead of a flat rate.

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