[ bangk-ruhpt, -ruhpt ]
/ ˈbæŋk rʌpt, -rəpt /


Law. a person who upon his or her own petition or that of his or her creditors is adjudged insolvent by a court and whose property is administered for and divided among his or her creditors under a bankruptcy law.
any insolvent debtor; a person unable to satisfy any just claims made upon him or her.
a person who is lacking in a particular thing or quality: a moral bankrupt.


verb (used with object)

to make bankrupt: His embezzlement bankrupted the company.

Origin of bankrupt

1525–35; < Medieval Latin banca rupta bank broken; replacing adaptations of Italian banca rota and French banqueroute in same sense

Related forms

pseu·do·bank·rupt, adjectivequa·si-bank·rupt, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bankrupt


/ (ˈbæŋkrʌpt, -rəpt) /




(tr) to make bankrupt

Word Origin for bankrupt

C16: from Old French banqueroute, from Old Italian bancarotta, from banca bank 1 + rotta broken, from Latin ruptus, from rumpere to break
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