- If you owe something you need to pay or give it to someone because of something you have been given. For example, if I ask to borrow five dollars for lunch from a friend, then I will owe that friend five dollars. It could also be something you agree to pay (like a bill) or something you lost gambling.
- I owe $50 to the phone company right now.
- Just remember, you owe me five dollars for the lunch I bought you.
- I owe John for giving me a ride home last night. (Used to mean I owe kindness in return for kindness, not that I owe money.)
- I owe you a shirt since I ruined one of yours.
- If you owe a person, there is something you need to pay or give to that person. That is, you owe something to that person.
- Thanks for the help! I really owe you for that!
- If you owe a lot to someone or something, you have something to thank that person (or thing) for.
- We owe as much to good luck as to our own skills.
- We owe a debt of gratitude to those who started this organization.
- Most people don't know how much they owe their parents.
- I would have died if you had not pulled me from the water -- I owe you my life.
- If something owes to something else, what it owes to is what caused or the reason for doing it.
- Much of the success of early rock music owed to the ability of teenagers to buy records.
- Owing to the fact that I will be absent tomorrow I must do extra work today.
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