transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 1.1 (financially) deber, 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 sb
forsth deberle algo aalgn 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? 1.2 (be obliged to give, do) [explanation/apology/favor] deber 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 ganadoMore 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) deber I owe a lot/my life to her le debo muchísimo/la vida to what do we owe the pleasure of your company? [humorous/humorístico] ¿a qué debemos el placer de tu compañía? [humorous/humorístico] 2.2 (be influenced by) deber her interpretation of history owes a lot to Marx su interpretación de la historia le debe mucho a MarxMore example sentences
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- Judge owes his life to Tuskegee airmen.
- When asked ‘What do you owe your parents?’ his reply was ‘A long talking-to’.
- 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.
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