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debenture

noun [C]     /dɪˈbentʃər/ (abbreviation deb., US also debenture bond)
FINANCE a type of loan, often used by companies to raise money, that is paid back over a long period of time and at a fixed rate of interest. In the UK, but not in the US, debentures are secured against property or other assets owned by the borrower: Investors in Wimbledon debentures get a free seat during the annual tournament. A fixed debenture is secured on a named asset, similar to a mortgage that is secured on a person's house. hold/issue/secure a debenture → See also callable debenture, convertible debenture, junior debenture, noncallable debenture, pay-in-kind debenture, senior debenture, subordinated debenture
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