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Definitions of owe

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To be indebted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To be under obligation for. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To be in debt: often with to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. be in debt; "She owes me $200"; "The thesis owes much to his adviser" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. To be indebted; be due. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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Usage examples for owe

  1. I owe everything to you. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  2. To whom do I owe all this, if it comes not of your own head? – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
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