Meaning of “national debt” in the English Dictionary

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"national debt" in British English

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national debtnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈdet/ us /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈdet/ US also public debt

the total amount of money that is owed by a country's government

(Definition of “national debt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"national debt" in Business English

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national debtnoun [ S ]

uk us 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.

(Definition of “national debt” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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