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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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 For investors worried about an immediate financial crisis, this is relatively good news, since private firms in aggregate are still much less indebted than SOEs. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The Missing Chinese Bond Apocalypse," 28 Mar. 2019 Real estate is a crucial component of the world’s second-largest economy, and a number of Chinese developers—many of which are highly indebted—are among the world’s biggest by market value. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "China’s Developers Go on Borrowing Spree," 12 Feb. 2019 The concerto is also indebted to Rachmaninoff, with passages of searching grandeur, and balances can easily turn mushy. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Why should a deeply indebted federal government provide another financial incentive for its unaffordable workforce to stay put? James Freeman, WSJ, "The Pelosi Pay Raise," 4 Jan. 2019 But others also note that Sri Lanka’s government, still heavily indebted to China, could be pressured to allow it. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port," 25 June 2018 Attractive Assets Miners' profits have recovered, and some indebted governments are looking to them as sources of revenue. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Countries Push to Extract More Cash from Big Mining Companies," 18 Nov. 2018 These highly indebted companies will likely navigate the next recession, and the resulting bankruptcies and losses will stress the economy and financial system. Emily Stewart, Vox, "How close are we to another financial crisis? 8 experts weigh in.," 18 Sep. 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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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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