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

Example Sentences

thereafter forever felt indebted to the producer for giving her her lucky break
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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 5 Dec. 2022.

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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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