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Definition of Owe


  1. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own.
  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Owe Quotations

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. - Abraham Lincoln
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln

No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.
Ramana Maharshi

Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don't give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.
Ben Shapiro

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison - if it wasn't for him, we'd be watching television by candlelight.
Milton Berle
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Owe Translations

owe in Afrikaans is skuld
owe in Danish is skylde
owe in Dutch is schuldig zijn, in de schuld staan
owe in Finnish is olla velkaa
owe in French is dois, devez
owe in German is schulden, schulde, schulden
owe in Italian is debitare
owe in Portuguese is deva
owe in Spanish is adeudar
owe in Swedish is vara skyldig
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