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noun bank·rupt \ˈbaŋk-(ˌ)rəpt\

Simple Definition of bankrupt

  • : a person, business, etc., that is unable to pay debts

Full Definition of bankrupt

  1. 1 a :  a person who has done any of the acts that by law entitle creditors to have his or her estate administered for their benefit b :  a person judicially declared subject to having his or her estate administered under the bankrupt laws for the benefit of creditors c :  a person who becomes insolvent

  2. 2 :  a person who is completely lacking in a particular desirable quality or attribute <a moral bankrupt>

Examples of bankrupt

  1. As a lawyer, she specialized in working with bankrupts.

Origin of bankrupt

modification of Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French banqueroute bankruptcy, from Old Italian bancarotta, from banca bank + rotta broken, from Latin rupta, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at bank, reave

First Known Use: 1533

Rhymes with bankrupt



adjective bank·rupt

Simple Definition of bankrupt

  • : unable to pay debts

  • —used to say that someone or something completely lacks a good or desired quality

Full Definition of bankrupt

  1. 1 a :  reduced to a state of financial ruin :  impoverished; specifically :  legally declared a bankrupt <the company went bankrupt> b :  of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy <bankrupt laws>

  2. 2 a :  broken, ruined <a bankrupt professional career> b :  exhausted of valuable qualities :  sterile <a bankrupt old culture> c :  destitute —used with of or in <bankrupt of all merciful feelings>

Examples of bankrupt

  1. The lawsuit could leave them bankrupt.

  2. <she's a kind soul, but bankrupt of all common sense, I'm afraid>


First Known Use of bankrupt




verb bank·rupt

Simple Definition of bankrupt

  • : to cause (a person, business, etc.) to be unable to pay debts : to make (someone or something) bankrupt

Full Definition of bankrupt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to bankruptcy

  3. 2 :  impoverish <defections had bankrupted the party of its brainpower>

Examples of bankrupt

  1. Several risky deals bankrupted the company.

  2. <several bad investments bankrupted him>


First Known Use of bankrupt


Synonym Discussion of bankrupt

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function <depleting our natural resources>. drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence <personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit>. exhaust stresses a complete emptying <her lecture exhausted the subject>. impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness <impoverished soil>. bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse <war had bankrupted the nation of resources>.

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February 11, 2016

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