in·​debt·​ed in-ˈde-təd How to pronounce indebted (audio)
: owing gratitude or recognition to another : beholden
: owing money

Examples of indebted in a Sentence

thereafter forever felt indebted to the producer for giving her her lucky break
Recent Examples on the Web Speaking ahead of the start of the summit, Sullivan said that China was a significant creditor to many heavily indebted countries. Fox News, 13 June 2024 Although New Delhi offered some assistance to indebted firms, they were largely left to fend for themselves when the government imposed a long lockdown. Rohit Lamba, Foreign Affairs, 28 May 2024 Some city politicians, including City Councilwoman Odette Ramos, who represents the city’s 14th district, have been working to overhaul the tax sale process, and replace it with payment plans for indebted homeowners. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar. 2024 The finance ministry has ordered a dozen of China’s most indebted provinces to reduce their infrastructure spending this year in exchange for debt relief. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for indebted 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Indebted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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in·​debt·​ed in-ˈdet-əd How to pronounce indebted (audio)
: being in debt : owing something (as money or gratitude)

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