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noun debt pronunciation in British English /det/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an amount of money that you owe
    By this time we had debts of over £15,000.
    run up a debt (=let it increase): She had run up debts of nearly £10,000.
    pay (off)/repay a debt: Many people experience difficulty in paying off their debts.
    clear/settle a debt (=pay all of it): She agreed to settle her sister’s debts.
    cancel/write off a debt (=decide that it does not have to be paid): The bank finally agreed to cancel the debt.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a situation in which you owe money to other people
      be in debt (to someone): I don’t like being in debt to anyone.
      go/get/run into debt: She was terrified of getting into debt.
      heavily/deeply in debt: Many students are heavily in debt.
  2. 2
    [singular] an obligation to be grateful to someone because they have done something for you
    owe a debt of gratitude to someone: I owe a debt of gratitude to my father, who has always supported me.


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