• WordNet 3.6
    • v owe be in debt "She owes me $200","I still owe for the car","The thesis owes much to his adviser"
    • v owe be obliged to pay or repay
    • v owe be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense "This new theory owes much to Einstein's Relativity Theory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
    • Owe 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.
    • Owe 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.""A son owes help and honor to his father."
    • Owe 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."
    • Owe To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. "Thou dost here usurp
      The name thou ow'st not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was the law in Scotland in 1288 that for each year known as "lepe yeare" any maiden lady could ask the man she liked to be her husband. If he refused and didn't have a good excuse he would be "mulcted of ye sum of one pound or less" (essentially, he would owe her a dollar). France enacted a similar law a year later.
    • owe To possess; have; own; be the owner or rightful possessor of.
    • owe To be bound (to do something); be under obligation; ought: followed by an object infinitive.
    • owe To be indebted for; be or feel bound or under obligation for; of a debt, to be under obligation to pay: followed by to, it often indicates origin or cause: as, to owe a thousand dollars; to owe some one a grudge; to owe success to family influence.
    • owe To be in debt; continue to be in debt.
    • owe To own; acknowledge; confess.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The World Bank estimates that Mexico owes the most money of any country in the world. They have $165,743,000,000 in external debt. Brazil is second with $159,139,000,000 in debt.
    • v.t Owe ō 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 Owe to be in debt
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  • Mark Caine
    Mark Caine
    “There is nothing that puts a man more in your debt than that he owes you nothing.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.”
  • George S. Kaufman
    George S. Kaufman
    “When I was born I owed twelve dollars.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.”
  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart
    “All you owe the public is a good performance.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I owe nothing to Women's Lib.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. owen, awen, aghen, to have, own, have (to do), hence, owe, AS. āgan, to have; akin to G. eigen, a., own, Icel. eiga, to have, Dan. eie, Sw. äga, Goth. áigan, Skr. īç,. √110. Cf. Ought (v.), 2d Own Fraught


In literature:

Many foods owe their value largely to the starch.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Then you can cook your own sausages for supper, my man, and shell out what you owe on the nail.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Half the Deaths of Infants owing to Mismanagement, and Errors in Diet.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Peace to the memory of the Prince to whom, whatever might be his failings, we owed that day memorable in the annals of Europe!
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
I'll let her know whether I owe her any gratitude.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
And it's all owing to that quaint Yankee brain of yours, Lyman.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
The humours of Jack Cade in 'The Contention' can owe their savour to him alone.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
He owed Gallagher more than L1, being five years' subscription to the Connacht Eagle.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
I felt that I too owed an apology.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Owing to his exertions, Georgia was not represented in the person of delegates.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
He owes his title to his method.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
I don't owe you nor any other man a cent that I can't pay in five seconds.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
And a good fellow he was and much I owe to him.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
She could make the servants love her and yet obey her, and could always dress on her allowance without owing a shilling.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But Theseus proved false to the maiden to whom he owed his life.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She had shown, more than once, this ironic antagonism, as if she knew what he thought of her, and owed him a grudge.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
And it was owing to her talent, all owing to her talent!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
It's all very well, but I consider that the house owes me that five pounds.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
They're just like real parents to me, though, I certainly owe them a lot.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
To his vigour and intrepidity the Dutch in no small measure owed the preservation and establishment of their empire in the East.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Blest be the Father and his love,
To whose celestial source we owe
Rivers of endless joy above,
And rills of comfort here below.
"Hymn 26" by Isaac Watts
The King, the Queen, and all the Court,
To no one else would trust their hair,
And reigning belles of every sort
Owed their successes to his care.
"The Ballad Of A Barber" by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
O'er all the land, in town and prairie,
With bended heads of mourning, stand
The living forms that owe their beauty
And fitness to thy shaping hand.
"A Memorial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I can hear her sweet voice even now—
It makes my pulses leap and thrill—
"I owe you more than I well can pay;
You may take me, Robert, if you will!"
"Rose In The Garden" by Horatio Alger Jr
Give me kisses! Nay, 'tis true
I am just as rich as you;
And for every kiss I owe,
I can pay you back, you know,
Kiss me, then,
Every moment - and again!
"To Lesbia" by John Godfrey Saxe
And whether his view was right or wrong
Has little to do with this my song;
Something we owe him, you must allow;
And perhaps he has changed his mind by now.
"Fidele's Grassy Tomb" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

I owe some of my friends an apology.
Genius, as Thomas Edison famously declared, may owe far more to perspiration than to inspiration, but Leah Busque's revolutionary startup was born in a moment of profound laziness.
Guangdong cultural owe a debt cantonese opera.
Hall of Famer Gwynn owes $400,000 in past taxes.
Blum, who is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's, and his wife Marilyn, live in Owings Mills, Md.
Park Ridge officials still can't decide what to do about the outstanding loan owed by former City Manager Jim Hock .
This one's truly, uh rich: Billionaire Warren Buffett says folks like him should have to pay more taxes -- but it turns out his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn't paid what it's already owed for.
Human race owes debt of gratitude to grandmothers.
To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image.
A colleague of mine, Bill Gould, sent me a link yesterday and said, "You owe it to yourself to check this out, if you haven't already.".
Former Société Générale rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel owes the bank $6.3 billion.
You've already pulled out thousands to pay contractors and owe thousands more, when suddenly you get a curt letter from the bank.
Assessor Says Anchorage Baptist Temple Owes Thousands in Back Taxes.
Students owing tuition are pulled from classes at Catholic school.
You owe it to your shareholders and your employees to earn a profit.

In science:

It is possible that both the X-ray and UV absorption arise in an outflowing “warm absorber” similar to those seen in Seyfert galaxies at low redshift.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Owing to the conserved quantity (20), the time-continuous limit (τ → 0) of the RG map (18) becomes integrable and analytical expression of whiskers, which is exactly homoclinic in this case, is given in the Appendix C.
Random Wandering Around Homoclinic-like Manifolds in Symplectic Map Chain
In general relativity the effect of nonlinear terms, which could have led to formation of singularities, is excluded owing, apparently, to the covariance and algebraic properties of the Einstein vacuum equations.
Radiative spacetimes
The gravitational field is described by a second order symmetric tensor φmn (x), owing to the action of which un effective Riemannian space-time arises.
Can the notion of a homogeneous gravitational field be transferred from classical mechanics to the Relativistic Theory of Gravity ?
The stable branches “0” and “2” correspond to stable respectively non-flowing and flowing states of the system under Σ.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
For a generic system its surface is a closed smooth n-dimensional submanifold in the tangent bundle space, owing to Thom transversality theorem.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
The lower boundary is located at large depths to ensure that the inflowing gas is isentropic and featureless, while periodic horizontal boundary conditions are employed.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
Owing to eqs.(4.5), and (4.10), we get the scaling relation τ (n) = x (S ∧ n) − x (S ∧ 1) = x (S ∧ n) − 2.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Owing to this fact, here such a situation is considered where the speed of the accreting fluid is low, which accounts for the high residence time of matter in the disk.
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
By the dotted and short-dashed curves I show the temperature variation of the inflowing matter of α = 0.07 when it falls towards a black hole of mass 10M⊙ (as indicated BH in the figure).
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
Owing to this robustness this approach has been regarded as the indicator of wave signatures of classical chaotic dynamics .
Supporting random wave models: a quantum mechanical approach
It has been suggested that these potential PSG progenitors have had their star-formation rates underestimated (Poggianti et al. 1999) owing to extinction.
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
C+1,C is defined as the net current flowing from C to C + 1.
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
Hence, in this semiclassical regime, characterized by (Fermi) wave lengths considerably smaller than the system size, challenges to theory are posed owing to the arising complexity of the single-particle wave functions involved.
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
Strong correlations are expected owing to the large charge density overlap between neighboring plaquettes. A numerical evaluation brings the cohesive energy close to that of the best present day models.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects