owe Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “owe” - Learner’s Dictionary

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
Translations of “owe”
in Arabic يَدين لـِ…
in Korean 빚지다…
in Malaysian berhutang…
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 Vietnamese nợ…
in Spanish deber…
in Portuguese dever…
in Thai เป็นหนี้…
in German schulden…
in Catalan deure…
in Japanese (人)に借金がある…
in Indonesian meminjam, berhutang…
in Chinese (Simplified) 负债, 欠(债), 欠(账)…
(Definition of owe from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More