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Debt appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Eva, can it be defiled? A memo had a home-made life debt in a cave.
  • Did a hi-fidelity lid rat set a debt in a cross, or can it be dates, tardily-tiled if I had ID?
  • Won’t bedlam in a NASA lab/ inn/academe edifice sag a sec if I deemed a cannibal as an animal debt now?
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Debt is sometimes a misspelling of debit or depth.

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Definition of the noun debt

What does debt mean as a name of something?

Debt is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: debts

  1. the state of owing something (especially money)
  2. money or goods or services owed by one person to another
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: liabilities = anything that is owed to someone else
    • more specific terms:
      • arrears = an unpaid overdue debt
      • national debt = the debt of the national government
      • public debt = the total of the nation's debts: debts of local and state and national governments
      • 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
      • principal = the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
      • score = an amount due
  3. an obligation to pay or do something
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: obligation = a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Alternative definition of the noun debt


  1. An action, state of mind, or object one has an obligation to perform for another, adopt toward another, or give to another.
  2. The state or condition of owing something to another.
  3. Money that one person or entity owes or is required to pay to another, generally as a result of a loan or other financial transaction.


"Debt" is a 2012 short drama film written and directed by Boiko Boyanov.


"Debt" is a book written by Mark Levine.

  • also known as "Debt: Poems"
  • genre: Poetry
  • award: - National Poetry Series, received by Mark Levine


  1. Debt: A debt generally refers to money owed by one party, the debtor, to a second party, the creditor. Debt is generally subject to contractual terms regarding the amount and timing of repayments of principal and interest. The term can also be used metaphorically to cover moral obligations and other interactions not based on economic value.
    • also known as Schulden, 债务
  2. Debt is an American game show hosted by Wink Martindale which aired on Lifetime from June 3, 1996 to August 14, 1998. The show featured contestants who were trying to earn money to get out of debt.

Phrases with Debt

Phrases starting with the word Debt:

  1. debt limit
  2. Debt-Laden
  3. Debt Burden
  4. Debt-Burden
  5. Debt-Ridden
  6. Debt bondage
  7. debt ceiling
  8. debt instrument

Phrases ending with the word Debt:

  1. bad debt
  2. Sleep debt
  3. Toxic Debt
  4. Bonded Debt
  5. Carbon Debt
  6. oxygen debt
  7. public debt
  8. Foreign Debt
  9. Domestic Debt
  10. Domestic-Debt
  11. national debt
  12. Sovereign Debt

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Debt

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Google previewThe Southwestern Reporter (1901)

The next debt is a claim filed by the Hopkinsville Tobacco Company for $27.34. The bill refers to an...

The next debt is that of the B. M. Creel Company, $536.36, credited by $107.27. We think this is fully...

The next debt is an account in favor of W. F. McLaughlin & Co. for $100, dated December 3, 1895, credited by $20, May ...

Google previewHandbook of Monetary and Fiscal Policy (2001)

by Alan A. Rabin

Once it is known whether the national debt is a source or a use of government funds one is in a position to determine how...

Google previewThe Concept of Ecological Debt (2009)

Its Meaning and Applicability in International Policy by Erik Paredis, Gert Goeminne, Wouter Vanhove, Jesse Lambrecht, Frank Maes

Global generational environmental debt is a measure for the total amount of environmental damage that past and present generations have caused, which will affect future generations. National generational environmental debt is the debt a ...

Google previewStudy Guide for Macroeconomics 2e (2000)

by Timothy D. Tregarthen, John Brock, Dale Deboer

The debt is the summation of all of the past deficits. A larger deficit...

Google previewThe Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2011 (2011)

by World Bank

Government debt is the entire stock of direct government fixed-term contractual obligations to others outstanding on a particular date.

Google previewDollarCamp Financial Survival Guide For Students

Debt is the amount of credit that you actually draw (use). Credit is what you CAN use. Debt is what you DO use. The process of buying something today and paying for it over time is the definition of financing. The amount you borrow is called ...

Google previewA History of the Protestant Reformation in England an Ireland (1829)

by William Cobbett

The Debt is the sole cause ; for that renders monstrous taxes necessary; they render a great standing army v...

Google previewMisunderstanding Financial Crises (2012)

Why We Don't See Them Coming by Gary B. Gorton

Debt is a financial contract under which the borrower promises to repay a fixed amount (known as par value, principal, or face value) at an agreed future date, the maturity date. Between the date when the money is borrowed and the date when ...

Google previewThe Beauties of England and Wales, Or, Delineations, Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive, of Each County: Middlesex (1814)

by Edward Wedlake Brayley, John Britton

The Funded debt Is that portion of tlie whole, for which taxes' have been appropriated by Parliament to discharge the interest regularly : but as the necessities of Government frequently occasion the borrowing of money, for which no opportunity ...

Google previewThe International Handbook of Environmental Sociology (2010)

by M. R. Redclift, Graham Woodgate

Ecological debt is the debt contracted by the world's wealthiest nations with the other countries of the planet as a...

ecological debt is a concept whose definition is more complex and difficult than those of the 'environmental footprint' or 'space';.

Google previewVisual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 (2012)

Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback by Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje

Technical debt refers to work that needs to be done to achieve the potentially shippable threshold, such as fixing bugs, unit testing, integration testing, performance improvement,

Technical debt is an unfortunately common form of waste.

Google previewDictionary of Financial Risk Management (1999)

by Gary L. Gastineau, Mark P. Kritzman

Debt Exchangeable for Common Stock (DECS): A debt issue with an embedded short put and long call combined with an interest coupon. The issuer is the issuer (or a block holder) of the underlying common stock; the DECS issue is ...

Google previewThe 100 Most Important American Financial Crises: An Encyclopedia of the Lowest Points in American Economic History (2014)

by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

1790—Debt Assumption, Debt Retirement, and Expanding the Economy | 31 about the uneasy state of the new union. a majority of american citizens, perhaps reacting to difficulties and conflicting solutions within individual states, finally ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Real Estate Business Terms (2013)

by William E. (Bill) Roark, William R. (Ryan) Roark

EQUITY The debt on a property subtracted from the market value of the property leaves the equity. Market value is usually determined by an appraisal—an evaluation based on comparable properties that have sold in the same geographic ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Renters had much higher consumer debt levels according to the Federal Reserve Board's “Household Debt Service and Financial Obligations Ratios” ( 2013). According to the Federal Reserve Bank, in the first quarter of 2013, aggregate ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Economics (1985)

by N. B. Ghodke

Taylor Debt management may be defined as all measures that afiect the size and composition of the stock of outstanding claims against the Federal Government. Warren L. Smith DEBT REDEMPTION (*Public finance) Repayment of ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Law (2000)

by Alan Gilpin

International debt became a global problem during that period, as many lenders and investors found that they would never be repaid. It then became possible to buy fairly worthless debt from banks and institutions at prices much below face ...

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Quotes about Debt

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. (G. Gordon Liddy)
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Scrabble value of D2E1B3T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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