Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Morally, socially, or legally obligated to another; beholden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of indebt.
  • adj. Obligated, especially financially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brought into debt; being under obligation; held to payment or requital; beholden.
  • adj. Placed under obligation for something received, for which restitution or gratitude is due

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Owing; being under a debt or obligation; having incurred a debt; held to payment or requital.
  • Beholden; under obligation; owing gratitude, care, recognition, and the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. under a legal obligation to someone
  • adj. owing gratitude or recognition to another for help or favors etc

Etymologies

Middle English endetted, from Old French endette, past participle of endetter, to oblige : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + dette, debt; see debt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We searched round the nets for the video, and couldn’t find it, so we will forever remain indebted to Comedy Central’s CC Insider for posting two clips from the episode.

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  • The two companies 'recent methods include buying more debt from distressed banks and creditors for as little as five cents on the dollar, calling the indebted more frequently, and tracking their credit scores even down to daily fluctuations.

    Collection Agencies Call Up Revenue in Recession

  • Update ABC News has posted a transcript of their RFK Jr. interview, in which he says he believes Obama feels he is "indebted" to the coal industry:

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  • It is to the Spaniards that we are indebted, if "indebted" be a suitable term, for the wide-topped falling boot of the sixteenth century; that inconvenient, no-service thing -- good for the stage-players, fancy-ball men, and fellows like old Hudibras, who crammed a portable larder and wardrobe into its unfathomable recesses; but for the rough-riding horseman or the active hunter, a nuisance beyond all description.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 357, June, 1845

  • Kiefer Sutherland has admitted that he feels "indebted" to

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  • Who talks about others being "indebted" to us now?

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  • As evidence of how Manning means it when he uses the word "indebted," as he has repeatedly this week, Johnson held out his wrist.

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  • Meanwhile, Way also noted how his own comic book series, The Umbrella Academy, was "indebted" to Watchmen.

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  • She said she does not believe that the Arroyo administration, which has been "indebted" to the Ampatuans in the 2004 and 2007 elections, will have the political will to pave the way for a genuine investigation.

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  • I'm absolutely POSITIVE that they would be "indebted" to you for taking away the tax revenue and the money that could be raised to make our area more hospitable to new business, and I guarantee they wouldn't want the local roads improved, which would need to be done to handle the increased traffic, nor would they want to see "Downtown" Lewiston look nicer than the current wasteland of mostly empty commercial lots, that have zero parking to support them.

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