Definition of bankrupt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bankrupt

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌpt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bankrupt
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌpt//
 
he / she / it bankrupts
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌpts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌpts//
 
past simple bankrupted
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪd//
 
past participle bankrupted
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪd//
 
-ing form bankrupting
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkrʌptɪŋ//
 
 
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bankrupt somebody to make somebody bankrupt The company was almost bankrupted by legal costs. The legal fees almost bankrupted us. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Italian banca rotta ‘broken bench’, from banca (from medieval Latin banca, bancus, of Germanic origin) and rompere ‘to break’. The change in the ending was due to association with Latin rupt- ‘broken’.
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