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owe

verb [T]
 
 
/əʊ/
FINANCE, COMMERCE to need to pay or give something to someone because they have lent money to you: owe sb $5/$500, etc. I owe you £200. How much do we owe the bank? He claims the firm owes him money.owe $5/$500, etc. to sb The company owes $618 million to its creditors.owe $100/$1000, etc. on sth We still owe $1000 on our car.owe $100/$1000, etc. in sth The government alleges that he owes $54 million in unpaid taxes.
to have had someone help you or do something good for you, so that you should do something similar for them: He owes you a favor for helping him with the project.owe sb (one) Thanks - I owe you one!
Translations of “owe”
in Korean 빚지다…
in Arabic يَدين لـِ…
in French devoir…
in Turkish borçlu olmak, borcu olmak…
in Italian dovere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 負債, 欠(債), 欠(帳)…
in Russian быть должным, задолжать…
in Polish być winnym…
in Spanish deber…
in Portuguese dever…
in German schulden…
in Catalan deure…
in Japanese (人)に借金がある…
in Chinese (Simplified) 负债, 欠(债), 欠(账)…
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