debt


debt
debt
W2S2 [det] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: dette, from Latin debitum, from debere 'to owe']
1.)
a sum of money that a person or organization owes
debt of
This over-ambitious strategy has saddled them with debts of around $3,000,000.
pay (off)/repay/clear/settle etc a debt
He had enough money to pay off his father's outstanding debts.
Romania is paying more and more to Western banks simply to service the debt (=pay it) .
run up/amass debts
students who run up huge debts
2.) [U]
when you owe money to someone
≠ ↑credit in debt (to sb)
Nearly half the students said they were in debt.
The band will be in debt to the record company for years.
£200/$1000 etc in debt
A rash business decision left him $600 in debt.
get/run/fall etc into debt
The club sank deeper into debt .
be heavily/deeply in debt
(=owe a lot of money)
3.) [C usually singular]
the degree to which you have learned from or been influenced by someone or something else
debt to
Braque acknowledged his debt to Impressionist painting.
4.) debt of gratitude/thanks
the fact of being grateful to someone who has helped you
I owe a debt of gratitude to my tutors.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • debt — A liability on a claim (SA Bankruptcy.com) Under Title 11 U.S.C. Section 101: (12) The term debt means liability on a claim. United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

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  • debt — (n.) late 13c., dette, from O.Fr. dete, from L. debitum thing owed, neuter pp. of debere to owe, originally, keep something away from someone, from de away (see DE (Cf. de )) + habere to have (see HABIT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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