in·​debt·​ed | \ in-ˈde-təd How to pronounce indebted (audio) \

Definition of indebted

1 : owing gratitude or recognition to another : beholden
2 : owing money

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Examples of indebted in a Sentence

thereafter forever felt indebted to the producer for giving her her lucky break
Recent Examples on the Web But the $8 billion figure was largely symbolic because the bankrupt drugmaker’s annual sales have dwindled dramatically, and it is already indebted to states, communities and other creditors. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 We as a nation are forever indebted to them and to their families. CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 The complicated transaction will result in a much bigger and much more indebted Discovery, run by its current management but majority owned by AT&T shareholders. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 25 May 2021 The legal escalation also threatens to complicate India’s plans to sell its bleeding and indebted national flag carrier that has been on the block since 2017. Elena Mazneva,, 15 May 2021 In particular, the game has an Evil Dead-indebted fixation with brutalizing Ethan’s hands. Reid Mccarter, Wired, 13 May 2021 Kishore Biyani has seen the value of his indebted business, a retail empire called Future Group, dwindle. The Economist, 27 Mar. 2021 The panel was considering amendments that funnel $600 million in federal relief toward the state’s indebted unemployment fund – relieving businesses of future payroll tax obligations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2021 Much will depend on whom the public comes to consider the ultimate beneficiary of these loans: The indebted nurse practitioner working double shifts in an emergency room? Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of indebted

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indebted

Middle English indetted, from Anglo-French endetté, past participle of endetter to run into debt, from en- + dette debt

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The first known use of indebted was in the 13th century

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“Indebted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indebted

: owing something (such as money or thanks) to someone or something : in debt


in·​debt·​ed | \ in-ˈde-təd How to pronounce indebted (audio) \

Kids Definition of indebted

: being in debt : owing something I'm indebted to you for your kindness.

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indebtedness noun

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