Translation of owe in Spanish:


deber, v.

Pronunciation /oʊ//əʊ/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(financially)

      adeudar formal
      he owes his father money le debe dinero a su padre
      • 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 for sth deberle algo a algn
      • 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?
      • Territory Housing doesn't want to disclose how much money is currently owed by tenants.
      • Although the man did owe small sums of money, there is no evidence to suggest that he was heavily in debt.
      • There's no need to hold onto your tax return just because you owe the government money.
      • A taxpayer owing federal taxes should first took at ways to pay the liability in full.
      • Without a written promissory note, your brother could deny he owes the money and instead claim your father told him he could make the charges.
      • She does not deny owing the money, it is long overdue and it is up to her how she comes up it.
      • If you owe money, you should have received a request for payment telling you the required amount.
      • He denied owing the council tax and said the case had gone to appeal in the High Court in London, meaning there was no reason for him to attend Chippenham Magistrates' Court.
      • The sale proceeds are often used to repay existing debts owed by the consumer.
      • So even if a worker owes no income tax, the EITC effectively defrays her payroll taxes.
      • But the company went bankrupt soon after, and several local businessmen were left owing large sums of money.
      • A householder owing money will receive a written reminder and, if they ignore the letter, can expect a court summons.
      • If you collected unemployment benefits last year, you'll probably owe taxes on the money.
      • ‘We have now repaid all our loans, and we owe no money at all to anyone,’ says Robin.
      • On June 12, he sent his victim a letter asking her to pop round the following day so that he could repay some money he owed her.
      • These men do low wage and often seasonal work, and owe large sums of money which most could never hope to pay off.
      • My request is simple - I want to know what I am supposed to have received that I owe money for.
      • Satta needs the next prediction to be correct because he owes a large sum of money to some shady characters.
      • There was no tax due on the money, but I may owe tax on the interest accrued.
      • Also, students owing the university money will not receive any form of results unless the debt is paid in full.

    • 1.2(be obliged to give, do)

      (apology/favor/explanation) deber
      I owe it to my parents to get good marks tengo que sacar buenas notas, se lo debo a mis padres
      • It is to each and every one of them, the known and the unknown, that we owe our gratitude.
      • We owe Debra an immeasurable debt of gratitude for blowing the whistle.
      • 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.
      • All members of the society were responsible for their inferiors and owed deference to their betters.
      • Over coffee the Queen asked him ‘To what do we owe the unexpected honour of your visit?’
      • Respect is owed to Fast Forward for being a publication with a degree of journalistic integrity.
      • Those defendants did owe to the claimant a duty of care.
      • In India, however, she was an empress, a supreme sovereign to whom other sovereigns owed homage.
      • We owe him some respect for that and we need to help him make that affirmative case for change.
      • The respondent owed the appellant only the ordinary general duty of care owed by an occupier to a lawful entrant.
      • For many people, as I said, the respect we owe nature is respect for God conceived as the divine creator.
      • I believe society generally owes them a debt of gratitude.
      • It might be better described as being about obligations of gratitude, or about the deference owed by a creature to its creator, or both.
      • The world certainly owes the Prime Minister a great debt of gratitude for the immense effort he put into this.
      • We owe deep gratitude to those nearby who did what they could without adequate resources.
      • For living out so admirably its values of democratic inclusion as well as of excellence, the college owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.
      • He did not owe any allegiance to Lyra; he could do as he wished.
      • So as much as anything, I think I owe him the respect of leaving it alone if he doesn't want to talk about it.
      • British cycling has rarely had it so good, and for that a debt of gratitude is owed to Manchester and the National Cycling Centre.
      • The impersonality of market forces hides their continued presence and enables the artist to think of himself as a self-reliant, independent entrepreneur owing deference to no man.

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    • 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? ¿a qué debemos el placer de tu compañía?

    • 2.2(be influenced by)

      her interpretation of history owes a lot to Marx su interpretación de la historia le debe mucho a Marx
      • When asked ‘What do you owe your parents?’ his reply was ‘A long talking-to’.
      • Judge owes his life to Tuskegee airmen.

intransitive verb

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    to owe for sth deber algo