- to be indebted, obligated, or beholden to someone
Other Word Forms of Debt
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Debt
- be in someone's debt
Origin of Debt
From Middle English dett, from Old French dete (French: dette), from Medieval Latin dēbita, from Latin dēbitum (“what is owed, a debt, a duty”), neuter of dēbitus, perfect passive participle of dēbeō (“I owe”), contraction of *dehibeō (“I have from”), from de (“from”) + habeō (“I have”).
Middle English dette from Old French from Vulgar Latin dēbita pl. of Latin dēbitum debt neuter past participle of dēbēre to owe ghabh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The unpronounced "b" in the modern English spelling is a Latinisation from the Latin etymon dēbitum.
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