bankrupt

noun
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋk-(ˌ)rəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a debtor (such as an individual or an organization) whose property is subject to voluntary or involuntary administration under the bankrupcy laws for the benefit of the debtor's creditors
b : a person who becomes insolvent
2 : a person who is completely lacking in a particular desirable quality or attribute a moral bankrupt

bankrupt

adjective

Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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

bankrupt

verb
bankrupted; bankrupting; bankrupts

Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to bankruptcy
2 : impoverish defections had bankrupted the party of its brainpower

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bankrupt

Synonyms: Adjective

bare, barren, bereft, destitute, devoid, void

Synonyms: Verb

break, bust, ruin

Antonyms: Adjective

filled, flush, fraught, full, replete, rife

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Verb

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

Examples of bankrupt in a Sentence

Noun

As a lawyer, she specialized in working with bankrupts.

Adjective

The lawsuit could leave them bankrupt. she's a kind soul, but bankrupt of all common sense, I'm afraid

Verb

Several risky deals bankrupted the company. several bad investments bankrupted him
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That perception came back to bite in big way later in 2008, with the failure of investment bank Lehman Brothers, which went bankrupt on Sept. 15, 2008. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "New York Fed Says It Wound Down Crisis Bailout Facility With $2.5 Billion Profit," 18 Sep. 2018 After earning $17 million, the men declared the company bankrupt. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Great Interview Magazine Caper," 16 June 2018 Tarsila, bankrupt, divorced from de Andrade and increasingly Marxist, would veer into a more politically engaged style. Jason Farago, New York Times, "She Led Latin American Art in a Bold New Direction," 15 Feb. 2018 Alitalia was officially declared bankrupt in May, when staff rejected a restructuring plan. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Airline Dealmaking Won’t Cure Europe’s Profit Problem," 2 Aug. 2017 The business, which went bankrupt in previous incarnations in 2005 and 2009, may still find a way to restructure its debt out of court. Lauren Coleman-lochner, Bloomberg.com, "Winn-Dixie and Tops Owners Are Said to Prepare for Bankruptcy," 17 Feb. 2018 Prior to the label going bankrupt, PolyGram Records purchased 50 percent of Def Jam, and took control of distribution to save the label. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "A Timeline of the Major Events That Defined Def Jam's Legacy in Hip-Hop," 25 Jan. 2018 By Preston Turegano, Staff writer A new era begins today for the once bankrupt and demoralized San Diego Symphony. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Record symphony gift," 14 Jan. 2018 The family sold the company in 1968 to Southland Dairy, which went bankrupt in the early 1990s. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Kensington's giant milk bottle gets historic designation," 12 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At an office party on Wall Street in 1929, my father learned that the owner of oceanfront property in New York’s East Atlantic Beach had gone bankrupt and was auctioning off the land. ... Marc Myers, WSJ, "A New York Beach House Set the Stage for Playwright John Guare," 12 Mar. 2019 Marvel’s Fantastic Four, on the other hand, once went bankrupt and were evicted from their skyscraper headquarters. Jeremy Dauber And Danny Fingeroth, WSJ, "The Superhero of the Comics Business," 16 Nov. 2018 Buy Photo Years after the city nearly went bankrupt and fell under state control, Harrisburg is finally in a good place financially, state and local officials agree. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "How Pa.'s 'distressed' program helps towns; and why it's hard to leave it," 16 Mar. 2018 In response, the company is accelerating its store remodels in areas where bankrupt retailers once had stores. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Retailers aim to pick up business from defunct, dying rivals," 21 Nov. 2018 As with virtually all post-hurricane disaster relief in Puerto Rico, the work is contracted and paid for by bankrupt local agencies using money disbursed by FEMA from billions appropriated by Congress. Michael Weissenstein And Danica Coto, Fox News, "Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid," 19 July 2018 Others see it as an appropriately scornful term for a woman who was barely literate, left little for other women to emulate and led the bankrupt Qing dynasty to its downfall in a country whose government remains as male-dominated as ever. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 Alden Global Capital took control of The Denver Post in 2013 after acquiring its bankrupt parent, MediaNews Group, and runs it through a subsidiary, Digital First Media. BostonGlobe.com, "Trade war fears aren’t hurting stock market," 17 June 2018 The former students attended the career-training colleges Everest, Heald and WyoTech, which the bankrupt Corinthian sold off in 2014. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "Students of defunct Corinthian Colleges to get millions in loan refunds," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 1964, other Saudi royals dethroned Prince Mohammed’s uncle, King Saud, who had bankrupted the kingdom and sparked infighting within the royal family. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 Families are nearly bankrupted by their teenagers’ trips to in-patient rehabs. Sally Satel, WSJ, "‘Dopesick’ and ‘The Addiction Solution’ Review: Examining an Epidemic," 7 Aug. 2018 Cat bonds emerged in the mid-1990s, after Hurricane Andrew ravaged the Florida coast and bankrupted nearly a dozen insurance companies, which didn’t have the money to cover such a massive storm. latimes.com, "Mexico's disaster bonds were meant to provide quick cash after hurricanes and earthquakes. But it often hasn’t worked out that way," 8 Apr. 2018 Some even predict that so many small startups will be bankrupted by the compliance costs, there might be a bit of a pot property bubble, which will lead to underpriced assets and consolidation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush," 24 July 2018 Not so for your typical startup, however, which might be bankrupted by the cost. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Calif.’s Net privacy law gives consumers more clout, and Big Tech may be just fine with that," 1 July 2018 China’s move to begin hoarding the fiber eight years ago pushed cotton prices above $2 a pound in 2011, bankrupting some mills and merchants globally. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "China Becoming a Major Buyer of U.S. Cotton After Years of Stockpiling," 10 June 2018 The Obama administration’s regulatory response bankrupted some institutions. New York Times, "With Legislation Stalled, DeVos Moves to Wield Deregulatory Power," 31 May 2018 Middleton has said his sisters wanted to liquidate their ownership stakes in the cigar company because of the threat of lawsuits or new regulations that could bankrupt the company, leaving him to take the risk of owning it alone. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Philly law firm Schnader Harrison, lawyer sued in Middleton brother-sister feud over billions," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of bankrupt

Noun

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bankrupt

Noun

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

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bankrupt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

bankrupt

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: unable to pay debts
used to say that someone or something completely lacks a good or desired quality

bankrupt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

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

bankrupt

adjective
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋk-ˌrəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Kids Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not having enough money to pay debts

bankrupt

verb
bankrupted; bankrupting

Kids Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cause to not have enough money to pay debts That last risky deal bankrupted the company.

bankrupt

noun

Kids Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person or business that does not have enough money to pay debts

bankrupt

noun
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋ-ˌkrəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Legal Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a debtor (as an individual or organization) whose property is subject to administration under the bankruptcy laws for the benefit of the debtor's creditors was adjudicated a bankrupt — see also debtor

bankrupt

adjective

Legal Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: ruined financially especially : judicially declared a bankrupt the company is bankrupt — compare insolvent

bankrupt

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

: to reduce to bankruptcy was bankrupted by attorney's fees

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