Definition of Debit in Accounting | Debit in Bookkeeping

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Debit Definition

Term Definition
In double-entry bookkeeping, a debit shows an account gaining value.

Extended Definition
Debits increase asset and expense accounts. Debits also decrease liability, equity, and revenue accounts. You record debits on the left side of accounts. Debits are the opposite of credits. Debits help you balance your accounting books.

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