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Definitions of owe

  1. be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense; "This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be in debt; "She owes me $200"; "The thesis owes much to his adviser" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. be obliged to pay or repay Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To have or possess, as something derived or bestowed; to be obliged to ascribe (something to some source); to be indebted or obliged for; as, he owed his wealth to his father; he owed his victory to his lieutenants. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence: To have or be under an obigation to restore, pay, or render (something) in return or compensation for something received; to be indebted in the sum of; as, the subject owes allegiance; the fortunate owe assistance to the unfortunate. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as, to iwe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To be obliged to pay; as, to owe an apology; be obliged or indebted for. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To be in debt: often with to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To possess what belongs to another: to be bound to pay: to be obliged for. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To be indebted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To be under obligation for. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To be indebted for. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To be indebted; be due. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To be indebted to; to be bound to pay; to be obliged for. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To be indebted to; to be obliged or bound to pay. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. To have or be under an obigation to restore, pay, or render (something) in return or compensation for something received; to be indebted in the sum of; as, the subject owes allegiance; the fortunate owe assistance to the unfortunate. dictgcide_fs
  18. To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as, to owe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services. dictgcide_fs
  19. [=o], 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Be under obligation to (re)-pay (person money, money to person, money) or render (person honour &c., gratitude &c. to person), be in debt (for thing, with creditor in dat.; he owes not any man; I o. you for your services, owed for all my clothes); o. one a grudge, cherish resentment against him; be indebted for to person (or with dat.; we o. to Newton the principle of gravitation; I o. him much). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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