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owe

owe

 
 
pronunciation:
o
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: owed, owes, owing
definition 1: to be obligated to repay.
I owe ten dollars to my sister.He owes me some money.
definition 2: to be or feel in debt to.
I owe her for many favors.
definition 3: to have or feel an obligation to do or give (something) for the benefit of another.
I owe you an apology.You owe your father some respect.He owes it to them to give an explanation of his decision.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be in debt.
Once I make this final payment, I will no longer owe.
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Homophone Note
The words owe and oh sound alike but have different meanings.