Definition for owing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), owed, ow·ing.
verb (used without object), owed, ow·ing.
Origin of owe
Examples from the Web for owing
Owing to its popularity as a pet, it has spread across the Pacific to China.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But owing to another experimental vaccine he received, its impossible to say whether the blood is what saved him.
Bloody as it is, Penny Dreadful is also rather beautiful, owing to some spectacular set design and spot-on horror imagery.‘Penny Dreadful’ Is a Shameless Orgy of Blood, Gore, and Scary Fun|Kevin Fallon|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Owing to a citizen protest, which moved the issue to district court, the vote has been postponed to April 2014.
The Soviets stopped setting off nukes at Nova Zembla after that, owing to international pressure.Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece|Michael Weiss|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Owing to circumstances, the eldest lad had to be sent to school at an early age.The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons|Ellice Hopkins
Chichester, however, had to be renounced, owing to the difficulty of residence.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Both branches of the Lyric Club, in fact, came suddenly to grief, owing to a great misfortune which it is better not to recall.Forty Years of 'Spy'|Leslie Ward
Unfortunately her first appearance in London had to be postponed for a year owing to the fact of there being no vacancy.Carnival|Compton Mackenzie
Owing to its large size and rapid rotation, as has already been mentioned, Jupiter is very much flattened at the poles.The Story of the Solar System|George F. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for owing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for owing (2 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for owe
Word Origin and History for owing
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.