verb (used with object), owed, ow·ing.
verb (used without object), owed, ow·ing.
Origin of owe
Examples from the Web for owed
And much of the credit to her transformation is owed to a finishing school that caters to women just like her.
He also elected not to take advantage of a recent tax amnesty whereby he could have paid back just 10 percent of what he owed.
That the song has become so indelible is likely owed to the fact that we can all sort of relate.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
LePage owed his election in 2010 to a split opposition, as he won a tight three-way race over Cutler and Democrat Libby Mitchell.Republican Wave Carries Maine Governor Paul LePage to Victory|Ben Jacobs|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He presumably felt he owed it to himself to make one more visit to hell and report back with a cliché-busting dispatch.
He owed it to himself to do so, and he also owed it to the man whom he had certainly placed in his present position.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
To this matrimonial explosion Sir Jekyl owed his entrance and agreeable sojourn upon the earth.Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
That should be her object,—that and the duty that she owed to Mrs Baggett.An Old Man's Love|Anthony Trollope
Ellesmere owed its early importance to its position on the Welsh borders and to its castle, which was in ruins, however, in 1349.
To "Fifth Avenue" is owed the following description of the neighbourhood of the present Plaza in the middle of the last century.Fifth Avenue|Arthur Bartlett Maurice
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Word Origin for owe
Old English agan (past tense ahte) "to have, own," from Proto-Germanic *aiganan "to possess" (cf. Old Frisian aga, Old Norse eiga, Old High German eigan, Gothic aigan "to possess, have"), from PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess" (cf. Sanskrit ise "he owns," isah "owner, lord, ruler;" Avestan is- "riches," isvan- "well-off, rich").
Sense of "to have to repay" began in late Old English with the phrase agan to geldanne literally "to own to yield," which was used to translate Latin debere (earlier in Old English this would have been sceal "shall"); by late 12c. the phrase had been shortened to simply agan, and own (v.) took over this word's original sense.