owe ( owes 3rd person present) ( owing present participle) ( owed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you owe money to someone, they have lent it to you and you have not yet paid it back. You can also say that the money is owing.
The company owes money to more than 60 banks... V n to n
Blake already owed him nearly £50... V n n
I'm broke, Livy, and I owe a couple of million dollars... V n
He could take what was owing for the rent. V
2 verb If someone or something owes a particular quality or their success to a person or thing, they only have it because of that person or thing.
He owed his survival to his strength as a swimmer... V n to n
I owe him my life. V n n
3 verb If you say that you owe a great deal to someone or something, you mean that they have helped you or influenced you a lot, and you feel very grateful to them.
As a professional composer I owe much to Radio 3... V amount to n
He's been fantastic. I owe him a lot. V n amount
4 verb If you say that something owes a great deal to a person or thing, you mean that it exists, is successful, or has its particular form mainly because of them.
The island's present economy owes a good deal to whisky distilling... V amount to n
5 verb If you say that you owe someone gratitude, respect, or loyalty, you mean that they deserve it from you.
FORMAL Perhaps we owe these people more respect... V n n
I owe you an apology. You must have found my attitude very annoying... V n n
I owe a big debt of gratitude to her. V n to n
6 verb If you say that you owe it to someone to do something, you mean that you should do that thing because they deserve it.
I can't go. I owe it to him to stay... V it to n to-inf
You owe it to yourself to get some professional help... V it to pron-refl to-inf
Of course she would have to send a letter; she owed it to the family. V it to n
7 prep-phrase You use owing to when you are introducing the reason for something.
Owing to staff shortages, there was no restaurant car on the train.
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