owe
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be obligated to pay)
a. deber
He owes his landlord two months of rent.Le debe dos meses de renta al propietario.
b. adeudar (formal)
The company owes millions of dollars to the government.La empresa adeuda millones de dólares al gobierno.
2. (to be obligated to provide)
a. deber
Don't you think you owe me an explanation?¿No te parece que me debes una explicación?
3. (to be indebted for)
a. deber
I owe the firemen my gratitude for rescuing my cat.Le debo a los bomberos mi gratitud por rescatar a mi gato.
4. (to be due to)
a. deber
He owes his stubbornness to his father.Le debe su terquedad a su padre.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to be obligated to pay)
a. deber
Remind me that I still owe for the drinks on Friday.Recuérdame que todavía debo las bebidas del viernes.
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owe
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. deber
to owe somebody something, to owe something to somebodydeber algo a alguien
to owe somebody an apologydeber disculpas a alguien
to owe it to oneself to do somethingdeber hacer algo, tener merecido hacer algo ameritar hacer algo
I owe my life to youte debo la vida
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owe [əʊ]
transitive verb
(gen) deber
to owe sb £2 deber dos libras a algn; I'll owe it to you te lo quedo a deber; to owe sb for a meal deber a algn una comida; he claims he is still owed for the work asegura que todavía se le debe dinero por el trabajo; he owes his life to a lucky chance debe su vida a una casualidad; he owes his talent to his mother le debe su talento a su madre; to what do I owe the honour of your visit? ¿a qué debo el honor de su visita?; you owe it to yourself to come venir es un deber que tienes contigo mismo; I owe it to her to confess mi deber con ella me obliga a confesarlo; I think I owe you an explanation creo que es necesaria una explicación
I owe him a favour
intransitive verb
tener deudas
he owed for three coffees debía tres cafés
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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