Simple Definition of debt
: an amount of money that you owe to a person, bank, company, etc.
: the state of owing money to someone or something
: the fact that you have been influenced or helped by someone or something
Examples of debt
He is trying to pay off gambling debts.
The company has run up huge debts.
Their debts are piling up.
He's been working three jobs in an attempt to get out of debt.
The company was in debt but is now turning a profit.
I am deep in debt.
I'm thousands of dollars in debt.
She went into debt to pay for college.
I'm worried that we will fall into debt.
Origin of debt
Middle English dette, debte, from Anglo-French dette something owed, from Vulgar Latin *debita, from Latin, plural of debitum debt, from neuter of debitus, past participle of debēre to owe, from de- + habēre to have — more at give
First Known Use: 13th century
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