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owe

 (ō)
v. owed, ow·ing, owes
v.tr.
1. To be indebted to the amount of: He owes me five dollars.
2. To have a moral or legal obligation to render or offer: I owe them an apology.
3. To be in debt to: We owe the plumber for services rendered.
4. To be indebted or obliged for: owed their riches to oil; owes her good health to diet and exercise.
5. To bear (a certain feeling) toward a person or persons: You seem to owe your neighbors a grudge.
6. Archaic To have as a possession; own.
v.intr.
To be in debt: She still owes for the car.

[Middle English owen, from Old English āgan, to possess; see aik- in Indo-European roots.]

owe

(əʊ)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to be under an obligation to pay (someone) to the amount of
2. (intr) to be in debt: he still owes for his house.
3. (often foll by to) to have as a result (of): he owes his success to chance.
4. to feel the need or obligation to do, give, etc: to owe somebody thanks; to owe it to oneself to rest.
5. to hold or maintain in the mind or heart (esp in the phrase owe a grudge)
[Old English āgan to have (C12: to have to); related to Old Saxon ēgan, Old High German eigan]

owe

(oʊ)

v. owed, ow•ing. v.t.
1. to be under obligation to pay or repay, or to render: I owe him a dollar. She owes me an apology.
2. to be in debt to.
3. to be indebted or beholden for: to owe one's fame to good fortune.
4. to have or bear (a feeling or attitude) toward someone or something.
5. Obs. to possess; own.
v.i.
6. to be in debt.
[before 900; Middle English owen to possess, be under obligation, have to pay, Old English āgan to possess, c. Old Frisian āga, Old High German eigan, Old Norse eiga. compare own, ought]

owe


Past participle: owed
Gerund: owing

Imperative
owe
owe
Present
I owe
you owe
he/she/it owes
we owe
you owe
they owe
Preterite
I owed
you owed
he/she/it owed
we owed
you owed
they owed
Present Continuous
I am owing
you are owing
he/she/it is owing
we are owing
you are owing
they are owing
Present Perfect
I have owed
you have owed
he/she/it has owed
we have owed
you have owed
they have owed
Past Continuous
I was owing
you were owing
he/she/it was owing
we were owing
you were owing
they were owing
Past Perfect
I had owed
you had owed
he/she/it had owed
we had owed
you had owed
they had owed
Future
I will owe
you will owe
he/she/it will owe
we will owe
you will owe
they will owe
Future Perfect
I will have owed
you will have owed
he/she/it will have owed
we will have owed
you will have owed
they will have owed
Future Continuous
I will be owing
you will be owing
he/she/it will be owing
we will be owing
you will be owing
they will be owing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been owing
you have been owing
he/she/it has been owing
we have been owing
you have been owing
they have been owing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been owing
you will have been owing
he/she/it will have been owing
we will have been owing
you will have been owing
they will have been owing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been owing
you had been owing
he/she/it had been owing
we had been owing
you had been owing
they had been owing
Conditional
I would owe
you would owe
he/she/it would owe
we would owe
you would owe
they would owe
Past Conditional
I would have owed
you would have owed
he/she/it would have owed
we would have owed
you would have owed
they would have owed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.owe - be obliged to pay or repay
chalk up, run up - accumulate as a debt; "he chalked up $100 in the course of the evening"
2.owe - be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense; "This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory"
build on, build upon, repose on, rest on - be based on; of theories and claims, for example; "What's this new evidence based on?"
3.owe - be in debt; "She owes me $200"; "I still owe for the car"; "The thesis owes much to his adviser"
mortgage - put up as security or collateral
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"

owe

verb be in debt (to), be in arrears (to), be overdrawn (by), be beholden to, be under an obligation to, be obligated or indebted (to) He owes me over £100.
Translations
يُدِينُيَكونُ مَدينا
dlužit
skylde
olla velkaa
dugovati
tartozik
skulda
借りがある
빚이 있다
debere
būti skolingamneišmokėtas
būt parādā
dlhovať
dolgovati
vara skyldig
เป็นหนี้
nợ

owe

[əʊ]
A. VT (gen) → deber
to owe sb £2deber dos libras a algn
I'll owe it to youte lo quedo a deber
to owe sb for a mealdeber a algn una comida
he claims he is still owed for the workasegura que todavía se le debe dinero por el trabajo
he owes his life to a lucky chancedebe su vida a una casualidad
he owes his talent to his motherle debe su talento a su madre
to what do I owe the honour of your visit?¿a qué debo el honor de su visita?
you owe it to yourself to comevenir es un deber que tienes contigo mismo
I owe it to her to confessmi deber con ella me obliga a confesarlo
I think I owe you an explanationcreo que es necesaria una explicación
see also allegiance
B. VItener deudas
he owed for three coffeesdebía tres cafés

owe

[ˈəʊ] vt
[+ money] → devoir
to owe sb sth → devoir qch à qn
I owe you 50 euros → Je te dois cinquante euros.
You owe me five pounds → Tu me dois cinq livres.
to owe sth to sb → devoir qch à qn
(moral obligation) [+ apology, thanks, explanation] → devoir
to owe sb sth → devoir qch à qn
I owe him my life → Je lui dois la vie.
I owe you an apology → Je vous dois des excuses.
We owe you our thanks, Dr Marlowe → Nous vous devons des remerciements Dr Marlowe.
Neither he nor Melanie owe me any explanation → Ni lui, ni Melanie ne me doivent d'explication.
Alfred owed everything to him → Alfred lui devait tout.
to owe it to sb
Of course she would have to send a letter; she owed it to the family → Bien sûr, il faudrait qu'elle envoie une lettre: elle le devait à la famille.
to owe it to sb to do sth → devoir à qn de faire qch
I can't go. I owe it to him to stay and help → Je ne peux pas partir. Je lui dois de rester et d'aider.
to owe it to o.s. to do sth → se devoir de faire qchowing to prepen raison de
owing to bad weather → en raison du mauvais temps

owe

vt
moneyschulden, schuldig sein (sb sth, sth to sb jdm etw); can I owe you the rest?kann ich dir den Rest schuldig bleiben?; I owe him a mealich bin ihm noch ein Essen schuldig, ich schulde ihm noch ein Essen; how much do I owe you? (in shop etc) → was bin ich schuldig?
reverence, obedience, loyaltyschulden, schuldig sein (to sb jdm); allegianceschulden (to sb jdm)
(= be under an obligation for)verdanken (sth to sb jdm etw); I owe my life to himich verdanke ihm mein Leben; to what do I owe the honour (Brit) or honor (US) of your visit? (iro)und was verschafft mir die Ehre Ihres Besuches?; we owe it to them that we are alive todaywir haben es ihnen zu verdanken, dass wir heute noch leben; you owe it to yourself to keep fitdu bist es dir schuldig, fit zu bleiben; we owe nothing to him, we owe him nothingwir sind ihm (gar) nichts schuldig; I think you owe me an explanationich glaube, du bist mir eine Erklärung schuldig
vi to owe somebody for somethingjdm Geld für etw schulden; can I owe you for the rest?kann ich Ihnen den Rest schuldig bleiben?; I still owe him for the mealich muss ihm das Essen noch bezahlen

owe

[əʊ] vt (gen) to owe sb sth, to owe sth to sbdovere qc a qn
to what do I owe the honour of your visit? (iro) → a che devo l'onore della visita?
you owe it to yourself to come → è per te stesso che devi venire

owe

(əu) verb
to be in debt to. I owe (him) $10.
ˈowing adjective
still to be paid. There is some money still owing (to us).
owing to
because of. Owing to the rain, the football has been cancelled.

owing to is used to mean `because of': The shop is closed owing to (not due to) the manager's illness .
due to is used to mean `caused by': The accident was believed to be due to his negligence .

owe

يُدِينُ dlužit skylde schulden χρωστώ deber olla velkaa devoir dugovati dovere 借りがある 빚이 있다 schuldig zijn skylde być winnym dever быть должником vara skyldig เป็นหนี้ borcu olmak nợ
References in classic literature ?
Why, I owe at least a dozen pickled limes, and I can't pay them, you know, till I have money, for Marmee forbade my having anything charged at the shop.
He had probably lived there for years, with a fat prairie-dog for breakfast whenever he felt like it, a sheltered home, even an owl-feather bed, perhaps, and he had forgot that the world doesn't owe rattlers a living.
Nay, please your worship," answered the man, in much perplexity, but with a backwardness that strikingly indicated the hard and severe character of Colonel Pyncheon's domestic rule; "my master's orders were exceeding strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service.
I am so rich, I could have given bid for bid with the wealthiest Praetorians at the auction of the Roman empire (which was the world's); and yet I owe for the flesh in the tongue I brag with.
Interest on the money you still owe," she answered.
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race.
If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scriptur- ally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural; for thousands are ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself, owe their existence to white fathers, and those fa- thers most frequently their own masters.
You owe me no apologies; and every body to whom you might be supposed to owe them, is so perfectly satisfied, so delighted even"
And I must say this: that you owe no particular gratitude to him, nor attention to his wishes; for we very well know that if he could, he would have left almost everything in the world to THEM.
Reed, to you I owe some fearful pangs of mental suffering, but I ought to forgive you, for you knew not what you did: while rending my heart-strings, you thought you were only uprooting my bad propensities.
Norah," she said, "if we both of us live to grow old, and if you ever forget all that we owe to Michael Vanstone -- come to me, and I will remind you.
I do not expect that you, who always rebelled against my just authority, exerted for your benefit and reformation, should owe me any good-will now.