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national debt

noun [S]
 
 
(also national deficit, also US public debt, also US public deficit) ECONOMICS
the total amount that is owed by a country's government because it has spent more than it has taken in taxes, etc.: The national debt is now equivalent to the country's annual GDP.cut/pay down/reduce the national debt The Finance Ministry aims to pay down the national debt by selling its stake in the energy industry.
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