Owe meaning

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To have as a possession; own.
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To have a moral or legal obligation to render or offer.

I owe them an apology.

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Owe is defined as to have a debt to pay or to feel the need to do something.

An example to owe is to have a balance to pay on a credit card bill.

An example of to owe is wanting to send a thank you card to someone for a nice gift they gave you.

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To own; have.
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To be indebted to the amount of.

He owes me five dollars.

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To have or cherish (a certain feeling) toward another.
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To be in debt.

She still owes for the car.

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To be indebted or obliged for.

Owed their riches to oil; owes her good health to diet and exercise.

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To bear (a certain feeling) toward a person or persons.

You seem to owe your neighbors a grudge.

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To have an obligation to pay; be indebted to the amount of.
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To have or feel the need to do, give, etc., as because of gratitude.
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To be indebted to someone for the existence of.
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To be in debt.
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To be under an obligation to give something back to someone or to perform some action for someone.
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To have debt, to be in debt.
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To be in debt to.

We owe the plumber for services rendered.

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owe it to oneself
  • To be right in doing something, because it is to one's advantage.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

owe it to oneself

Origin of owe

  • Middle English owen from Old English āgan to possess aik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English owen, from Old English āgan, from Proto-Germanic *aiganÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *eik- (“ability, possession"). See also own, ought.

    From Wiktionary