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obliged to pay; indebted: He still owed money on his car loan.; to have a feeling toward someone or something: He owed me gratitude for my help.
Not to be confused with:
ode – a lyric poem expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion
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v. owed, ow·ing, owes
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.
To be in debt: She still owes for the car.
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