What does owe mean?

Definitions for owe

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word owe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. owe(verb)

    be obliged to pay or repay

  2. owe(verb)

    be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense

    "This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory"

  3. owe(verb)

    be in debt

    "She owes me $200"; "I still owe for the car"; "The thesis owes much to his adviser"


  1. owe(Verb)

    To be under an obligation to give something back to someone or to perform some action for someone.

  2. owe(Verb)

    To have debt, to be in debt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Owe

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2851

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owe' in Verbs Frequency: #499


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of owe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of owe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Margaret Thatcher:

    I owe nothing to Women's Lib.

  2. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    We owe it to ourselves to do more.

  3. Sophia Loren:

    Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

  4. Sacha Guitry:

    The little I know, I owe to my ignorance.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    We owe the people that sacrificed their lives here.

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