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English definition of “owe”

owe

verb  // us  

owe verb (HAVE A DEBT)

[I/T] to have the responsibility to pay or give back something you have received from someone: [T] Don’t forget – you owe me ten dollars.

owe verb (BE GRATEFUL)

[T] to be grateful to someone or something because of what the person or thing provided or made possible: I owe a lot to my parents, who have always supported and encouraged me.
(Definition of owe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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