Meaning of owe


Pronunciation: (ō), [key]
— v., owed, ow•ing.
  1. to be under obligation to pay or repay: to owe money to the bank; to owe the bank interest on a mortgage.
  2. to be in debt to: He says he doesn't owe anybody.
  3. to be indebted (to) as the cause or source of: to owe one's fame to good fortune.
  4. to have or bear (a feeling or attitude) toward someone or something: to owe gratitude to one's rescuers.
  5. to possess; own.
  1. to be in debt: Neither lend nor owe. Who owes for the antipasto?
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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