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"
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ō, v.t. to possess or to be the owner of: to have what belongs to another: to be bound to pay: to be obliged for.—v.i. to be in debt.—Be owing, to be due or ascribed (to). [A.S. ágan, pres. indic. áh, pret. áhte, pa.p. ágen; Ice. eiga, Old High Ger. eigan, to possess.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2851
Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Verbs Frequency: #499
The numerical value of owe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of owe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Suffering . We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- schuldig sein, schulden, verdankenGerman
- χρωστάω, χρωστώGreek
- deber, estar en deuda, adeudarSpanish
- بدهکار بودن, مدیون بودنPersian
- [[olla]] [[velkaa]], [[olla]] [[veloissa]]Finnish
- 借りがある, 負うJapanese
- 빚지고 있다Korean
- schuldig zijnDutch
- winić, być winnym, mieć dług, [[być]] [[zobowiązany]]mPolish
- быть в долгу, должны, быть обязанным, быть должным, должна, долженRussian
- dugovati, дуговатиSerbo-Croatian
- vara skyldigSwedish
- borçlu olmakTurkish
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