[ in-den-cher ]
See synonyms for: indentureindenturedindenturing on

  1. a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.

  2. any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.

  1. a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.

  2. any official or formal list, certificate, etc., authenticated for use as a voucher or the like.

  3. the formal agreement between a group of bondholders and the debtor as to the terms of the debt.

verb (used with object),in·den·tured, in·den·tur·ing.
  1. to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.

  2. Archaic. to make a depression in; wrinkle; furrow.

Origin of indenture

First recorded in 1275–1325; a Middle English word from the Medieval Latin word indentūra; see indent1, -ure

Other words from indenture

  • in·den·ture·ship, noun

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How to use indenture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indenture


/ (ɪnˈdɛntʃə) /

  1. any deed, contract, or sealed agreement between two or more parties

  2. (formerly) a deed drawn up in duplicate, each part having correspondingly indented edges for identification and security

  1. (often plural) a contract between an apprentice and his master

  2. a formal or official list or certificate authenticated for use as a voucher, etc

  3. a less common word for indentation

  1. (intr) to enter into an agreement by indenture

  2. (tr) to bind (an apprentice, servant, etc) by indenture

  1. (tr) obsolete to indent or wrinkle

Derived forms of indenture

  • indentureship, noun

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