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 Dictionary entry overview: What does owe mean? 

OWE (verb)
  The verb OWE has 3 senses:

1. be obliged to pay or repay
2. be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense
3. be in debt

  Familiarity information: OWE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OWE (verb)


Sense 1owe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be obliged to pay or repay

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "owe"):

chalk up; run up (accumulate as a debt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2owe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory

Hypernyms (to "owe" is one way to...):

build on; build upon; repose on; rest on (be based on; of theories and claims, for example)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3owe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in debt

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

She owes me $200 / The thesis owes much to his adviser

Hypernyms (to "owe" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "owe"):

mortgage (put up as security or collateral)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They owe the money to them
They owe them the money


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