indebted

adjective
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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Synonyms for indebted

Synonyms

beholden, bounden [archaic], obligated, obliged

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Examples of indebted in a Sentence

thereafter forever felt indebted to the producer for giving her her lucky break

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People’s view was that Ghana had fallen from being the beacon of hope for Africa to being heavily indebted and poor. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 For years, what that meant for indebted motorists in Chicago was the ability to quickly reinstate drivers’ licenses suspended over unpaid tickets and retrieve impounded vehicles without having to first pay fines or fees. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "Chicago Can’t Hold Impounded Vehicles After Drivers File for Bankruptcy, Court Says," 3 July 2019 Diversity administrators multiplied at universities while indebted students borrowed more money to pay for them. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019 The second season is a little rude, and a little raw, and openly indebted to Andy Cohen and his army of Real Housewives. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 This financial ransoming ultimately left Haiti indebted to French and American banks until after World War II. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018 Men in Black: International is indebted to the blockbuster franchise that started in 1997 in many ways. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great," 12 June 2019 There’s his former client, the oligarch Oleg Deripaska, to whom Manafort was heavily indebted. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Does Mueller think Paul Manafort is the key to collusion?," 15 June 2018 Like its forebear Pretty Woman (to which Long Shot is glee-fully indebted), the movie seems specifically engineered to be enjoyed in a theater full of fellow laughing humans. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "Charlize Theron Is in Control—and Funny as Hell," 1 May 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indebted

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

indebted

adjective
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.

Other Words from indebted

indebtedness noun

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