French translation of 'owe'
1. [money] devoir
to owe sb sth devoir qch à qn
I owe you 50 euros. Je te dois cinquante euros.
You owe me five pounds. Tu me dois cinq livres.
to owe sth to sb devoir qch à qn
2. (moral obligation) [apology, thanks, explanation] devoir
to owe sb sth devoir qch à qn
I owe him my life. Je lui dois la vie.
I owe you an apology. Je vous dois des excuses.
We owe you our thanks, Dr Marlowe. Nous vous devons des remerciements Dr Marlowe.
Neither he nor Melanie owe me any explanation. Ni lui, ni Melanie ne me doivent d’explication.
Alfred owed everything to him. Alfred lui devait tout.
to owe it to sb
Of course she would have to send a letter; she owed it to the family. Bien sûr, il faudrait qu’elle envoie une lettre : elle le devait à la famille.
to owe it to sb to do sth devoir à qn de faire qch
I can’t go. I owe it to him to stay and help. Je ne peux pas partir. Je lui dois de rester et d’aider.
to owe it to o.s. to do sth se devoir de faire qch
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Example Sentences Including 'owe'
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This owed something to her gender and uncertain status.The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007)
If you owe money, make sure you have included a cheque for the tax due.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Management and union leaders owe this much to the steel workers.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The collapse has also led to friction with cab companies which are owed money.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The rebound from the July wobbles owed something to the sterling safety valve.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This country owes a huge debt of gratitude to these people.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You will not have to pay your new supplier any money you owed to your old supplier.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
All of them owe a creative debt to mathematics.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It owes much to maths, and has given much back.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
She owes a great deal to her.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The fact that he is still with us owes much to chance.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
We owe a lot of that to the ancients.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The former Olympic champion may now have been overtaken, but a debt of gratitude is owed to her by the vibrant new star of her sport.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
This is as much in their interest as in football's and those owed money by the club.The Sun (2012)
We owe a lot to a lot of people.The Sun (2012)
We owe him a lot.The Sun (2016)
I owe a lot to him.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The very fact that people are visiting either owes a great deal to science.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
He made no secret of the directly architectural debt he owed to the prints.Smithsonian Mag (2017)
He owed a lot of money and they could empty it pretty quickly.The Sun (2009)
Her transformation owed a great deal to the strength and sense of stability that she derived from their marriage.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
In the glare of publicity, this has brought home to all of us the debt of gratitude we owe the armed forces.The Sun (2008)
In the past we understood the debt we owe dogs.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
She went shoplifting to raise cash to pay rent arrears and money owed to her boyfriend.The Sun (2015)
The trick is to realise that you owe something to your audience.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Many in public life owe him much.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
These people had profited from him and owed him gratitude rather than criticism, but still they bitterly fought him.Christianity Today (2000)
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'owe' in Other Languages
British English: owe /əʊ/ VERB
If you owe money to someone, they have lent it to you and you have not yet paid it back.
The company owes money to more than 60 banks.
- American English: owe
- Arabic: يُدِينُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: dever
- Chinese: 欠
- Croatian: dugovati
- Czech: dlužit
- Danish: skylde
- Dutch: schuldig zijn
- European Spanish: deber dinero
- Finnish: olla velkaa
- French: devoir argent
- German: schulden
- Greek: χρωστώ
- Italian: dovere
- Japanese: 借りがある
- Korean: 빚이 있다
- Norwegian: skylde
- Polish: być winnym
- European Portuguese: dever
- Romanian: a datora
- Russian: быть должником
- Spanish: deber adeudar
- Swedish: vara skyldig
- Thai: เป็นหนี้
- Turkish: borcu olmak
- Ukrainian: заборгувати
- Vietnamese: nợ
Translation of owe from the Collins English to French Dictionary