American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be indebted to the amount of: He owes me five dollars.
- v. To have a moral obligation to render or offer: I owe them an apology.
- v. To be in debt to: We owe the plumber for services rendered.
- v. To be indebted or obliged for: owed their riches to oil; owes her good health to diet and exercise.
- v. To bear (a certain feeling) toward a person or persons: You seem to owe your neighbors a grudge.
- v. Archaic To have as a possession; own.
- v. To be in debt: She still owes for the car.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To possess; have; own; be the owner or rightful possessor of.
- To be bound (to do something); be under obligation; ought: followed by an object infinitive.
- To be indebted for; be or feel bound or under obligation for; of a debt, to be under obligation to pay: followed by to, it often indicates origin or cause: as, to owe a thousand dollars; to owe some one a grudge; to owe success to family influence.
- To be in debt; continue to be in debt.
- To own; acknowledge; confess.
- v. To be under an obligation to give something back to someone or to perform some action for someone.
- v. To have debt, to be in debt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own.
- v. To have or possess, as something derived or bestowed; to be obliged to ascribe (something to some source); to be indebted or obliged for.
- v. 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
- v. To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to.
- v. be obliged to pay or repay
- v. be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense
- v. be in debt
- From Middle English owen, from Old English āgan, from Proto-Germanic *aiganan, from Proto-Indo-European *eik- (“ability, possession”). See also own, ought. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English owen, from Old English āgan, to possess. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In doing so, it treats the care I owe you as identical to the care I would ˜owe™ myself.”
“III. i.242 (371,7) One time will owe another] I know not whether to _owe_ in this place means to _possess by right_, or to _be indebted_.”
“Paying somebody to figure out how much I owe is like pouring salt on a wound.”
“WHether you hav e1 bracket or 10 brackets, finding the percent you owe is easy.”
“There have been a number of assertions that only lying about the tax you owe is a crime, failure to pay is not.”
“The IPO is intended to help AIG in its efforts to repay U.S. taxpayers the more than $90 billion they owe from a government bailout.”
“Jews, in short, owe their liberalism to the West, not the other way round.”
“To take responsibility for paying what you owe is to me, the right thing to do.”
“If the war in Iraq turns out to be a failure, then I would think the first apology we owe is to our own people, for the treasure and lives we spent, and then to the people in Iraq for playing God to no effect.”
“(Hear, hear) I have often wondered how much the markets of Great Britain owe to the confidence which other nations have had in the honour of Britishers in commercial matters.”
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