bankrupt

noun
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋk-(ˌ)rəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a debtor (such as an individual or an organization) whose property is subject to voluntary or involuntary administration under the bankruptcy laws for the benefit of the debtor's creditors
b : a person who becomes insolvent
2 : a person who is completely lacking in a particular desirable quality or attribute a moral bankrupt

bankrupt

adjective

Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : reduced to a state of financial ruin : impoverished specifically : legally declared bankrupt the company went bankrupt
b : of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy bankrupt laws
2a : broken, ruined a bankrupt professional career
b : exhausted of valuable qualities : sterile a bankrupt old culture
c : destitute used with of or in bankrupt of all merciful feelings

bankrupt

verb
bankrupted; bankrupting; bankrupts

Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to bankruptcy
2 : impoverish defections had bankrupted the party of its brainpower

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Verb

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function. depleting our natural resources drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence. personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit exhaust stresses a complete emptying. her lecture exhausted the subject impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness. impoverished soil bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse. war had bankrupted the nation of resources

Examples of bankrupt in a Sentence

Noun As a lawyer, she specialized in working with bankrupts. Adjective The lawsuit could leave them bankrupt. she's a kind soul, but bankrupt of all common sense, I'm afraid Verb Several risky deals bankrupted the company. several bad investments bankrupted him
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plan is intended to prevent the company from being dissolved, forced into liquidation or formally declared bankrupt. Michelle Toh, CNN, 19 May 2020 India was granted independence in 1947 by a Britain left bankrupt after World War II. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 17 Oct. 2019 Ghosn was sent to Japan by Renault in the late 1990s and is credited with turning around a then near-bankrupt Nissan. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 China’s Hong Kong puppet regime, albeit bankrupt of any legitimacy, is still unwilling to cede power to the people. Joshua Wong, Quartz, 3 Sep. 2019 From Henry Ford to Donald Trump, America has lionized business leaders (and shameless bankrupts) who disdain history. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 June 2019 That perception came back to bite in big way later in 2008, with the failure of investment bank Lehman Brothers, which went bankrupt on Sept. 15, 2008. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2018 After earning $17 million, the men declared the company bankrupt. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 16 June 2018 Tarsila, bankrupt, divorced from de Andrade and increasingly Marxist, would veer into a more politically engaged style. Jason Farago, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, these efforts fell by the wayside when EBR went bankrupt in 2015. Megha Bahree, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 But Aera sold Beta’s oilfield interests in 2007 to another company that then went bankrupt. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 After Brock’s father died, when Brock was 11, and the family’s coal-trucking business went bankrupt, Brock and his mother moved in with Morgan. Howie Kahn, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Once one of China's largest conglomerates, HNA Group went bankrupt earlier this year. Steven Jiang And Michelle Toh, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 And then the county went bankrupt — at the time, the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Kyle Whitmire, al, 27 Sep. 2021 Shortly thereafter, to the Black squad’s joy, one white character—Hugh, a middle-aged, salt-and-pepper-haired investor type—went bankrupt after drawing a series of unfortunate opportunity cards. Sebastian Skov Andersen, Wired, 23 Sep. 2021 Almost a year into the job, our contractor went bankrupt and left before fully installing kitchen cabinets or finishing our bathroom. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 During the Great Depression, his grandfather went bankrupt. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If enacted into law, vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Stewart is a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, which battled the Aryan Nations for decades and helped bankrupt the neo-Nazi group. Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 Stewart is a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, which battled the Aryan Nations for decades and helped bankrupt the neo-Nazi group. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Stewart is a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, which battled the Aryan Nations for decades and helped bankrupt the neo-Nazi group. Nicholas K. Geranios, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2021 And don’t bankrupt public budgets, diverting funds from food stamps, schools, and safe, walkable public spaces. H. Gilbert Welch, STAT, 1 Sep. 2021 Then Amanda gets sick with cancer and years of treatments on an expensive drug bankrupt the family — as BioPrime, the manufacturer of that drug, pays off a competitor to delay the release of a generic option. Roxana Hadadi, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Investors have yet to hear how Medicare will cover Aduhelm amid concern it’s cost could bankrupt the system. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 James Van Doren tried to compete with companies like Nike and Adidas by expanding into different sports — running, basketball, wrestling and break dancing among them — only to bankrupt the company by 1984, Mr. Van Doren wrote. New York Times, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of bankrupt

Noun

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bankrupt

Noun

modification of Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French banqueroute bankruptcy, from Old Italian bancarotta, from banca bank + rotta broken, from Latin rupta, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at bank, reave

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“Bankrupt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bankrupt. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for bankrupt

bankrupt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a person, business, etc., that is unable to pay debts

bankrupt

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: unable to pay debts
used to say that someone or something completely lacks a good or desired quality

bankrupt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cause (a person, business, etc.) to be unable to pay debts : to make (someone or something) bankrupt

bankrupt

adjective
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋk-ˌrəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Kids Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not having enough money to pay debts

bankrupt

verb
bankrupted; bankrupting

Kids Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cause to not have enough money to pay debts That last risky deal bankrupted the company.

bankrupt

noun

Kids Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person or business that does not have enough money to pay debts

bankrupt

noun
bank·​rupt | \ ˈbaŋ-ˌkrəpt How to pronounce bankrupt (audio) \

Legal Definition of bankrupt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a debtor (as an individual or organization) whose property is subject to administration under the bankruptcy laws for the benefit of the debtor's creditors was adjudicated a bankrupt — see also debtor

bankrupt

adjective

Legal Definition of bankrupt (Entry 2 of 3)

: ruined financially especially : judicially declared a bankrupt the company is bankrupt — compare insolvent

bankrupt

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bankrupt (Entry 3 of 3)

: to reduce to bankruptcy was bankrupted by attorney's fees

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