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English definition of “owe”

owe

verb [T]
 
 
/əʊ/
B1 to have to pay money back to someone: [+ two objects] You still owe me money. He owes a lot of money to the bank.Borrowing, lending and debt
owe sb an apology/favour/drink, etc B2 to have to give something to someone because they deserve it: I think I owe you an apology. Thanks, I owe you a drink for that.Relieved and thankful
owe your existence/success, etc to sb/sth to have something or achieve something because of someone or something else: The museum owes much of its success to the present generation of young British artists.Relieved and thankful
(Definition of owe from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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