in·debt·ed | \ in-ˈde-təd \

Definition of indebted 

1 : owing gratitude or recognition to another : beholden

2 : owing money

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Synonyms for indebted


beholden, 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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Evergrande is China’s most indebted developer, with an eye-watering $88 billion of net debt. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Evergrande’s Ever-Deeper Peril," 4 July 2018 Yet China’s indebted economy was already slowing before the trade war. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Those instructions have put pressure on the banks to find solutions for deeply indebted borrowers instead of continuing to wait and hope that the government will offer bailouts. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 But those steps have worried some Western European leaders and caused a backlash from investors who think Italy's government — among the most indebted in Europe — should prioritize fiscal restraint. Stefano Pitrelli And Chico Harlan,, "A political novice is on the verge of becoming Italy's prime minister," 21 May 2018 With the populists threatening to unleash a public spending spree for the indebted nation and demand the European Union rewrites key treaties, markets are starting to react. John Follain,, "Italy Populists Say Government Talks Entering Final Stretch," 16 May 2018 Zimmermann, whose formally impressive 2012 short Stick Climbing played Sundance and Berlin, is clearly indebted to other German-language documentary makers. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walden': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 All that said, 1980s babies still aren’t the most indebted generation — that honor goes to those born in the 1970s. Emily Price, Fortune, "People Born in the 1980s Are the Worst Off Financially, Study Finds," 24 May 2018 More deeply indebted Tonga, meanwhile, has an enticing harbour at Vava’u in the country’s north. The Economist, "Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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