Definitions for oweoʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to be under obligation to pay or repay, or to render:
I owe him a dollar. She owes me an apology.
to be in debt to.
to be indebted or beholden for:
to owe one's fame to good fortune.
to have or bear (a feeling or attitude) toward someone or something.
Obs. to possess; own.
(v.i.)to be in debt.
Origin of owe:
bef. 900; ME owen to possess, be under obligation, have to pay, OE āgan to possess, c. OFris āga, OHG eigan, ON eiga. Cf. own, ought
be obliged to pay or repay
be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense
"This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory"
be in debt
"She owes me $200"; "I still owe for the car"; "The thesis owes much to his adviser"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to be required to pay back money you have borrowed
I owe you $20 for the ticket.; They haven't paid back the money they owe.
to feel grateful to sb, because they have helped you
I owe my parents so much for all the help they gave me.
to have a duty to do sth for sb
You owe her an apology.; We owe it to the rest of the staff to try to make the business work.
To be under an obligation to give something back to someone or to perform some action for someone.
To have debt, to be in debt.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2851
Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Verbs Frequency: #499
Translations for owe
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to be in debt to
I owe (him) $10.
- skuld, verskuldig weesAfrikaans
- يَكونُ مَديناArabic
- deverPortuguese (BR)
- οφείλω, χρωστώGreek
- بدهکار بودنFarsi
- olla velkaaFinnish
- לִהיוֹת חַייָבHebrew
- ऋणी होनाHindi
- tartozik vkinek vmivelHungarian
- meminjam, berhutangIndonesian
- 금전상의 빚이 있다Korean
- būti skolingamLithuanian
- būt parādāLatvian
- schuldig zijnDutch
- być winnymPolish
- بدهکار بودنPersian
- بد كارPashto
- a datoraRomanian
- быть должным, задолжатьRussian
- dlhovať, byť dlžnýSlovak
- vara skyldigSwedish
- borcu olmakTurkish
- 欠債Chinese (Trad.)
- бути винним, заборгуватиUkrainian
- مقروض ہوناUrdu
- 欠债Chinese (Simp.)
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