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 Dictionary entry overview: What does debt mean? 

DEBT (noun)
  The noun DEBT has 3 senses:

1. the state of owing something (especially money)
2. money or goods or services owed by one person to another
3. an obligation to pay or do something

  Familiarity information: DEBT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEBT (noun)

Sense 1debt [BACK TO TOP]


The state of owing something (especially money)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he is badly in debt

Hypernyms ("debt" is a kind of...):

financial obligation; indebtedness; liability (an obligation to pay money to another party)

Sense 2debt [BACK TO TOP]


Money or goods or services owed by one person to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("debt" is a kind of...):

liabilities (anything that is owed to someone else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "debt"):

arrears (an unpaid overdue debt)

national debt (the debt of the national government (as distinguished from the debts of individuals and businesses and political subdivisions))

public debt (the total of the nation's debts: debts of local and state and national governments; an indicator of how much public spending is financed by borrowing instead of taxation)

debt ceiling; debt limit (the maximum borrowing power of a governmental entity)

bad debt (a debt that is unlikely to be repaid)

installment debt (debt to be paid by installments)

loan (the temporary provision of money (usually at interest))

principal (the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated)

score (an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar))

Sense 3debt [BACK TO TOP]


An obligation to pay or do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("debt" is a kind of...):

obligation (a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply)

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