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national debt

Syllabification: na·tion·al debt

Definition of national debt in English:

noun

The total amount of money that a country’s government has borrowed, by various means.
Example sentences
  • Where else can you spend money, boost your savings, and help fund the national debt all at the same time?
  • Governments have saved billions by refinancing the national debt at lower interest rates.
  • By the end of the decade, then, the deficit and the national debt may warrant genuine anxiety.

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