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British English: /əʊ/

Translation of owe in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (financially)
    adeudar [formal]
    he owes his father money,, he owes money to his father
    le debe dinero a su padre
    I'll owe it to you
    te lo quedo debiendo
    how much do I owe you?
    ¿cuánto le debo?
    to owe somebody for something
    deberle algo a alguien
    I still owe you for the meal
    todavía te debo la comida
    how much do I owe you for the tickets?
    ¿cuánto te debo por las entradas?
    Example sentences
    • Although the man did owe small sums of money, there is no evidence to suggest that he was heavily in debt.
    • These men do low wage and often seasonal work, and owe large sums of money which most could never hope to pay off.
    • A householder owing money will receive a written reminder and, if they ignore the letter, can expect a court summons.
    1.2 (be obliged to give, do)
    I owe it to my parents to get good marks
    tengo que sacar buenas notas, se lo debo a mis padres
    take a break; you owe it to yourself
    tómate un descanso, te lo has ganado
    Example sentences
    • British cycling has rarely had it so good, and for that a debt of gratitude is owed to Manchester and the National Cycling Centre.
    • Respect is owed to Fast Forward for being a publication with a degree of journalistic integrity.
    • Thank you very kindly; if you care to drop me a line telling me who you are, it would be nice to know to whom I owe my gratitude.
  • 2 2.1 (be indebted for) I owe a lot/my life to her
    le debo muchísimo/la vida
    to what do we owe the pleasure of your company? [humorous]
    ¿a qué debemos el placer de tu compañía? [humorous]
    2.2 (be influenced by) her interpretation of history owes a lot to Marx
    su interpretación de la historia le debe mucho a Marx
    Example sentences
    • Judge owes his life to Tuskegee airmen.
    • When asked ‘What do you owe your parents?’ his reply was ‘A long talking-to’.

intransitive verb

  • to owe for something
    deber algo
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