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Meaning of DEBT

Pronunciation:  det

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an obligation to pay or do something
  2. [n]  money or goods or services owed by one person to another
  3. [n]  the state of owing something (especially money); "he is badly in debt"

DEBT is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: arrears, bad debt, debt ceiling, debt limit, financial obligation, indebtedness, installment debt, liabilities, liability, loan, national debt, obligation, principal, public debt, score



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Debt\, n. [OE. dette, F. dette, LL. debita, fr. L. debitus
owed, p. p. of debere to owe, prop., to have on loan; de- +
habere to have. See {Habit}, and cf. {Debit}, {Due}.]
1. That which is due from one person to another, whether
   money, goods, or services; that which one person is bound
   to pay to another, or to perform for his benefit; thing
   owed; obligation; liability.

         Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.

         When you run in debt, you give to another power over
         your liberty.                         --Franklin.

2. A duty neglected or violated; a fault; a sin; a trespass.
   ``Forgive us our debts.'' --Matt. vi. 12.

3. (Law) An action at law to recover a certain specified sum
   of money alleged to be due. --Burrill.

{Bond debt}, {Book debt}, etc. See under {Bond}, {Book}, etc.

{Debt of nature}, death.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in debt means struggle, worries and troubles in business and love.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Mosaic law encouraged the practice of lending (Deut. 15:7; Ps. 37:26; Matt. 5:42); but it forbade the exaction of interest except from foreigners. Usury was strongly condemned (Prov. 28:8; Ezek. 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12; Ps. 15:5). On the Sabbatical year all pecuniary obligations were cancelled (Deut. 15:1-11). These regulations prevented the accumulation of debt.

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