Owe

Owe

(), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Owed (d), (Ought (t) obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Owing ("ng).] [OE. owen, awen, aghen, to have, own, have (to do), hence, owe, AS. gan to have; akin to G. eigen, a., own, Icel. eiga to have, Dan. eie, Sw. ga, Goth. igan, Skr. . 110. Cf. Ought, v., 2d Own, Fraught.] 1. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. [Obs.]
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Thou dost here usurp
The name thou ow'st not.
Shak.
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2. 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. Milton.
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O deem thy fall not owed to man's decree.
Pope.
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3. Hence: 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.
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The one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Bible (1551).
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A son owes help and honor to his father.
Holyday.
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Owe was sometimes followed by an objective clause introduced by the infinitive. "Ye owen to incline and bow your heart." Chaucer.
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4. 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.
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