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(verb.) be in debt; 'She owes me $200'; 'I still owe for the car'; 'The thesis owes much to his adviser'.

(verb.) be obliged to pay or repay.

(verb.) be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense; 'This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory'.

Checker: Roberta--From WordNet


(v.) To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own.

(v.) 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.

(v.) Hence: 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.

(v.) To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as, to iwe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services.

Checker: Wayne

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. a. [1]. Be indebted to, be bound to pay.[2]. Be obliged to ascribe to, be obliged for, have to attribute to.

Editor: Manuel

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Borrow, hypothecate, attribute

ANT:Requite, repay, liquidate, defray

Checked by Dick


v.t. to possess or to be the owner of: to have what belongs to another: to be bound to pay: to be obliged for.—v.i. to be in debt.—Be owing to be due or ascribed (to).

Edited by Charlene

Unserious Contents or Definition

v. To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness but possession; it meant 'own and in the minds of debtors there is still a good deal of confusion between assets and liabilities.

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Checker: Zachariah


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