[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. banking principle,
  2. bankit,
  3. banknote,
  4. bankroll,
  5. bankroller,
  6. bankrupt worm,
  7. bankruptcy,
  8. bankruptcy order,
  9. banks,
  10. banks island

Origin of bankrupt

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

Related formspseu·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 bankrupted


/ (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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Word Origin and History for bankrupted
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