Owe

Definition of Owe

Pronunciation: ō
v. t.1.To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own.
[imp. & p. p. Owed (ōd), (Ought (ạt) obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Owing (ō"ĭng).]
Thou dost here usurp
The name thou ow'st not.
- Shak.
2.To have or possess, as something derived or bestowed; to be obliged to ascribe (something to some source); to be indebted or obliged for; as, he owed his wealth to his father; he owed his victory to his lieutenants.
O deem thy fall not owed to man's decree.
- Pope.
3.To have or be under an obigation to restore, pay, or render (something) in return or compensation for something received; to be indebted in the sum of; as, the subject owes allegiance; the fortunate owe assistance to the unfortunate.
The one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
- Bible (1551).
A son owes help and honor to his father.
- Holyday.
4.To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as, to owe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services.

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