[ in-det-id ]
/ ɪnˈdɛt ɪd /


committed or obligated to repay a monetary loan: He was indebted to his friend for a large sum.
obligated for favors or kindness received: He was indebted to her for nursing him through pneumonia.

Origin of indebted

1175–1225; in-2 + debt + -ed2; replacing Middle English endetted < Old French endetté, past participle of endetter to involve in debt (see en-1)

Related forms

pre·in·debt·ed, adjectivepre·in·debt·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indebted


/ (ɪnˈdɛtɪd) /

adjective (postpositive)

owing gratitude for help, favours, etc; obligated
owing money
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