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We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in our country's military, as well as to the families of those individuals. Whether protecting our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is beyond measure.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Meaning of "owe" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OWE

Old English āgan to have (C12: to have to); related to Old Saxon ēgan, Old High German eigan.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OWE

owe  [əʊ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OWE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Owe is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb owe in English.

WHAT DOES OWE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Owe

Owe is a surname or given name, a spelling variation of Ove, and may refer to: ▪ Baard Owe, Norwegian-born actor ▪ Owe Hellberg, Swedish Left Party politician ▪ Owe Jonsson, Swedish athlete ▪ Owe Wiktorin, Swedish General...

Definition of owe in the English dictionary

The first definition of owe in the dictionary is to be under an obligation to pay to the amount of. Other definition of owe is to be in debt. Owe is also to have as a result.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OWE

PRESENT

Present
I owe
you owe
he/she/it owes
we owe
you owe
they owe
Present continuous
I am owing
you are owing
he/she/it is owing
we are owing
you are owing
they are owing
Present perfect
I have owed
you have owed
he/she/it has owed
we have owed
you have owed
they have owed
Present perfect continuous
I have been owing
you have been owing
he/she/it has been owing
we have been owing
you have been owing
they have been owing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I owed
you owed
he/she/it owed
we owed
you owed
they owed
Past continuous
I was owing
you were owing
he/she/it was owing
we were owing
you were owing
they were owing
Past perfect
I had owed
you had owed
he/she/it had owed
we had owed
you had owed
they had owed
Past perfect continuous
I had been owing
you had been owing
he/she/it had been owing
we had been owing
you had been owing
they had been owing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will owe
you will owe
he/she/it will owe
we will owe
you will owe
they will owe
Future continuous
I will be owing
you will be owing
he/she/it will be owing
we will be owing
you will be owing
they will be owing
Future perfect
I will have owed
you will have owed
he/she/it will have owed
we will have owed
you will have owed
they will have owed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been owing
you will have been owing
he/she/it will have been owing
we will have been owing
you will have been owing
they will have been owing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would owe
you would owe
he/she/it would owe
we would owe
you would owe
they would owe
Conditional continuous
I would be owing
you would be owing
he/she/it would be owing
we would be owing
you would be owing
they would be owing
Conditional perfect
I would have owe
you would have owe
he/she/it would have owe
we would have owe
you would have owe
they would have owe
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been owing
you would have been owing
he/she/it would have been owing
we would have been owing
you would have been owing
they would have been owing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you owe
we let´s owe
you owe
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to owe
Past participle
owed
Present Participle
owing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OWE

ow
owelties
owelty
Owen
Owen gun
Owen Stanley Range
Owens
ower
owerby
owerloup
Owerri
owing
owing to
owl
owl-like
owler
owlery
owlet
owlish
owlishly

WORDS THAT END LIKE OWE

awe
Azikiwe
Beecher Stowe
Crewe
Crowe
ewe
Felixstowe
Great Zimbabwe
howe
Kitwe
krewe
Lilongwe
Loewe
Marlowe
Rowe
shock and awe
Stowe
Van der Merwe
we
Zimbabwe

Synonyms and antonyms of owe in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «owe» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OWE

Find out the translation of owe to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of owe from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «owe» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

deber
570 millions of speakers

English

owe
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कर्जदार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُدِينُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

быть должником
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dever
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঋণগ্রস্ত থাকা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

devoir
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berhutang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schulden
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

借りがある
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

빚이 있다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Utang
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nợ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கடமைப்பட்டிருக்கிறது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

देणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

borçlu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dovere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

być winnym
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

заборгувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a datora
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χρωστώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verskuldig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vara skyldig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

skylde
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of owe

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OWE»

The term «owe» is very widely used and occupies the 15.636 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OWE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «owe» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «owe» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about owe

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10 QUOTES WITH «OWE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word owe.
1
Roy Acuff
I don't owe one man one cent. Anywhere.
2
David Anders
I owe my career to J.J. Abrams. He fought for me.
3
Philip James Bailey
Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.
4
Samuel Barnett
This industry isn't fair. It doesn't owe anybody a career. It's just about luck, determination, and showing up and being professional. The rest is out of your hands.
5
Bernard Barton
Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell
We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in our country's military, as well as to the families of those individuals. Whether protecting our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is beyond measure.
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Joseph Butler
Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed.
9
Mariah Carey
Forget the image, forget the ensemble, forget the rumours, forget the short skirts, the big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans and I will never forget you so I want to accept this award on behalf of all of you.
10
Richard Cecil
If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OWE»

Discover the use of owe in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to owe and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet : the Collected Interviews
Revised and expanded edition of the punk classic with six new interviews and a new introduction, bringing the definitive book of conversations with the underground's greatest minds up to 2007.
Daniel Sinker, 2008
2
What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building
Feldman's new afterword brings the Iraq story up-to-date since the book's original publication in 2004, and asks whether the United States has acted ethically in pushing the political process in Iraq while failing to control the security ...
Noah Feldman, 2009
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"I Owe You, Valentine" Coupon Book: 52 Ways to Show Your ...
An inspirational collection of coupons that are perfect for one's Valentine sweetheart includes fifty-two creative and entertaining IOUs for "gifts" that can be enjoyed anytime during the year. Original. 75,000 first printing.
Lenore Skenazy, Carol Boswell, 2006
4
What Men Owe to Women: Men's Voices from World Religions
Men from a wide range of traditions discuss gender justice in world religions.
John C. Raines, Daniel C. Maguire, 2001
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I Owe You, Mom: 52 Little Ways to Show I Love You Big-Time
Mom, you deserve more than just a day!I want to say thank you in a memorable waySo pick out some coupons -- sappy or fun,(I'll even do number 31).
Lenore Skenazy, Carol Boswell, 2006
6
What We Owe Children: The Subordination of Teaching to Learning
How are they taught? These are two fundamental questions in education. Caleb Gattegno provides a direct and lucid analysis, and concludes that much current teaching, far from feeding and developing the learning process, actually stifles it.
Caleb Gattegno, 2010
7
What We Owe to Each Other
Why should we give such reasons priority over our other concerns and values? In this book, T. M. Scanlon offers new answers to these questions, as they apply to the central part of morality that concerns what we owe to each other.
T. M. Scanlon, 2000
8
The More I Owe You: A Novel
The intensely private and much-revered real-life poet Elizabeth Bishop is vividly and imaginatively portrayed in Sledge?s debut novel about Elizabeth?s time in Brazil and her lengthy relationship with the riveting, mercurial Lota de Macedo ...
Michael Sledge, 2010
9
I Owe You One
After almost drowning in a swollen creek, Wes wonders if what his friend Zach says is true: Wes owes a life debt to the old lady who rescued him.
Natalie Hyde, 2011
10
Owe Nothing
About "Owe Nothing" "Owe Nothing", is a rough, offbeat little adventure-drama, proudly based in East Vancouver - a heartfelt ode to life in Kingsway's shabby motels.
E. John Love, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OWE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term owe is used in the context of the following news items.
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Taxpayers may owe billions in student loans
From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest ... «Tribune-Review, Jul 15»
2
Thanks, man, what do I owe you?
After a man's SUV broke down in Cleveland, Texas, last month, he left it on the side of Highway 59 until he could afford to move it. But an ... «Boston Herald, Jul 15»
3
Jeremy Corbyn Says 'We All Owe Something' To Karl Marx Amid …
Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has said "we all owe something" to socialist revolutionary Karl Marx as it was claimed militant ... «Huffington Post UK, Jul 15»
4
Stereo Kicks have thanked their fans after their last performance as …
"So that was our last gig as Stereo Kicks," Jake Sims added. "From the beginning right to the end we owe it all to you. Thank-you for everything.". «Digital Spy UK, Jul 15»
5
Cricket: Fans all over Leicestershire owe thanks to 'great friend' Mike …
Former Leicestershire captain James Whitaker said cricket fans across the county owe "huge gratitude" to Mike Turner for the work he did at ... «Leicester Mercury, Jul 15»
6
Does San Diego County Owe You Money?
More than $400,000 in property tax refunds and other monies are unclaimed in San Diego County, and Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister ... «KPBS, Jul 15»
7
Sorry, the United Kingdom Does Not Owe India Reparations
Indian diplomat and politician Shashi Tharoor (from the opposition Congress Party) has recently called for Great Britain to pay reparations to ... «The Diplomat, Jul 15»
8
Lafayette theater shooting: Police say they owe it to victims' families …
Mike Edmonson said at a press conference Friday afternoon that while investigators may never be able to truly answer that, they owe it to the ... «NOLA.com, Jul 15»
9
I owe a great debt to Yorkshire, says Marsh
“I owe a great deal to Yorkshire and all the people involved,” he says. “They have been fantastic to me and to my progression in golf at both ... «Yorkshire Post, Jul 15»
10
Council tax payers owe Stratford District Council nearly £2million
COUNCIL taxpayers owe Stratford District Council (SDC) nearly £2million – and could be facing court action if they don't pay up. Out of some ... «Stratford Observer, Jul 15»

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