national debt


: the total amount of money that the government of a country owes to companies, countries, etc.

Examples of national debt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, other writers also remind us of some not-so-welcome, all-time national highs: drug overdoses, homelessness, food stamp dependence, inflation, and national debt. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 4 Apr. 2024 This reckless approach to budgeting has whipped up inflation and driven the gross national debt to $34.6 trillion — about $265,000 for every household in the country. David Ditch, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 With an annual spending deficit exceeding 6% of GDP and national debt barreling toward $35 trillion in the coming months, the Fed's priority appears to be stabilizing or potentially lowering interest rates and borrowing costs overachieving its 2% inflation target. Dan Irvine, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Over the long term, there simply must be a plan for reducing the national debt. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 Since the 1996 creation of the Public Enterprise Fund, the Mint has been self-funded, and any surplus in operating expenses is donated to the Treasury to help pay off the national debt. María Soledad Davila Calero, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2024 In a speech that lasted just under 30 minutes, Haley criticized Biden, Trump and Republicans in Congress for not doing more to address issues at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, lower the national debt and doing more to support military veterans. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 26 Feb. 2024 The national debt has become a critical issue that needs to be addressed with a balanced budget. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 And while the ratio has since cooled off, the deficit — which is related but different to the national debt — remains above pre-pandemic levels, PolitiFact National found. Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'national debt.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near national debt

Cite this Entry

“National debt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on national debt

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!