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?
      • My request is simple - I want to know what I am supposed to have received that I owe money for.
      • 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.
      • A taxpayer owing federal taxes should first took at ways to pay the liability in full.
      • So even if a worker owes no income tax, the EITC effectively defrays her payroll taxes.
      • If you collected unemployment benefits last year, you'll probably owe taxes on the money.
      • Although the man did owe small sums of money, there is no evidence to suggest that he was heavily in debt.
      • Also, students owing the university money will not receive any form of results unless the debt is paid in full.
      • But the company went bankrupt soon after, and several local businessmen were left owing large sums of money.
      • She does not deny owing the money, it is long overdue and it is up to her how she comes up it.
      • 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.
      • There's no need to hold onto your tax return just because you owe the government money.
      • If you owe money, you should have received a request for payment telling you the required amount.
      • ‘We have now repaid all our loans, and we owe no money at all to anyone,’ says Robin.
      • A householder owing money will receive a written reminder and, if they ignore the letter, can expect a court summons.
      • These men do low wage and often seasonal work, and owe large sums of money which most could never hope to pay off.
      • 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.
      • There was no tax due on the money, but I may owe tax on the interest accrued.
      • Territory Housing doesn't want to disclose how much money is currently owed by tenants.
      • The sale proceeds are often used to repay existing debts owed by the consumer.
      • Satta needs the next prediction to be correct because he owes a large sum of money to some shady characters.

    • 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
      • 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.
      • British cycling has rarely had it so good, and for that a debt of gratitude is owed to Manchester and the National Cycling Centre.
      • 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.
      • For many people, as I said, the respect we owe nature is respect for God conceived as the divine creator.
      • 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.
      • We owe him some respect for that and we need to help him make that affirmative case for change.
      • Those defendants did owe to the claimant a duty of care.
      • Over coffee the Queen asked him ‘To what do we owe the unexpected honour of your visit?’
      • The respondent owed the appellant only the ordinary general duty of care owed by an occupier to a lawful entrant.
      • 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.
      • It might be better described as being about obligations of gratitude, or about the deference owed by a creature to its creator, or both.
      • In India, however, she was an empress, a supreme sovereign to whom other sovereigns owed homage.
      • The world certainly owes the Prime Minister a great debt of gratitude for the immense effort he put into this.
      • I believe society generally owes them a debt of gratitude.
      • We owe deep gratitude to those nearby who did what they could without adequate resources.
      • All members of the society were responsible for their inferiors and owed deference to their betters.
      • It is to each and every one of them, the known and the unknown, that we owe our gratitude.
      • Respect is owed to Fast Forward for being a publication with a degree of journalistic integrity.

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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
      • Judge owes his life to Tuskegee airmen.
      • When asked ‘What do you owe your parents?’ his reply was ‘A long talking-to’.

intransitive verb

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    to owe for sth deber algo