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owe

v. to have a legal duty to pay funds to another. However, to owe does not make the amount "payable" if the date for payment has not yet arrived. (See: debt, due, payable)

owe

verb be beholden, be bound, be due, be in debt, be indebted, be liable, be obligated, be under obligation, contract a debt, debere, have a loan, have an obligation, incur a debt
Associated concepts: debt owed, debtor-creditor laws, legally owed, taxes owed
See also: overdraw
References in classic literature ?
The farmer followed him with his eyes, and when he saw that he had cleared the wood and was no longer in sight, he turned to his boy Andres, and said, "Come here, my son, I want to pay you what I owe you, as that undoer of wrongs has commanded me.
Jeddak of Helium," returned Tars Tarkas, "it has remained for a man of another world to teach the green warriors of Barsoom the meaning of friendship; to him we owe the fact that the hordes of Thark can understand you; that they can appreciate and reciprocate the sentiments so graciously expressed.
I said they would skin me," thought Danglars; but resolving to resist the extortion, he said, "Come, how much do I owe you for this fowl?
Sire, I owe you much, but I think I acquit myself of all towards you in giving you M.
Honestly, without speaking of what I owe you, I feel friendship for you.
But my father has this very sum, five thousand pounds, and, as I tell him, I owe him so much that I have no compunction about owing him more.
I still owe him that dollar and seventy cents, and if he should chance to read these lines I want him to know that I'll pay on demand.
If you obey her commands, I owe it to myself and I owe it to my family to release you from your engagement.
Mr Wititterly, it should be observed, was accustomed to owe small accounts, and to leave them owing.
And are enemies also to receive what we owe to them?
I mean no more than that I partly owe to you my existence during great part of the time which I have employed in composing it: another matter which it may be necessary to remind you of; since there are certain actions of which you are apt to be extremely forgetful; but of these I hope I shall always have a better memory than yourself.
I tell you you owe me half of this, because I have no sixpence in my pocket.