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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 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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