Definition Owe

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Definition

to owe (sthg) (to sbdy): to be in debt (to sbdy)
verb
The verb "to owe" is directly followed by an object (or a sum), without a preposition:

Susie owes Philip 50 dollars. She borrowed the money last week and she still hasn't returned it.
This company owes its success to Bruno Delavigne's talent. Bruno's talent is the main reason for the company's success.
I owe her my life. If she hadn't saved me I wouldn't be alive today.
You owe it to yourself to test drive a few cars before buying one. You know it's the sensible thing to do as you deserve a car that works well.

owing (to the crisis...): due to, because of, as a result of (the crisis)
conjunction
How much is owed to you? How much money do they have to pay you?
Owing to their lack of customers, the store went out of business. It was due to not having any clients that the business had to close.

I owe you one!: Thanks for your help, I'll do the same for you one day!
idiom
Pronunciation examples
UK: Susie owes Philip 50 euros.
US: This company owes its success to Bruno Delavigne's talent.

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