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Meaning of owing by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈəʊ.ɪŋ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈoʊ.ɪŋ/
    • Rhymes: -əʊɪŋ


    owing ( not comparable )

    1. Still to be paid; owed as a debt .
      These seven subscriptions remain owing .



    1. Present participle of owe .

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Explanation of owing by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. owed as a debt

    Definition of owing by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Owe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Owed ( ōd ), ( Ought ( at ) obs. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Owing ( ōĭng ).] [OE. owen, awen, aghen, to have, own, have ( to do ), hence, owe, AS. āgan to have; akin to G. eigen, a., own, Icel. eiga to have, Dan. eie, Sw. äga, Goth. áigan, Skr. īç. √110. Cf. Ought, v., 2d Own, Fraught.]
      1. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. [Obs.]

      Thou dost here usurp

      The name thou ow'st not. Shak.

      2. To have or possess, as something derived or bestowed; to be obliged to ascribe ( something to some source ); to be indebted or obliged for; as, “he owed his wealth to his father; he owed his victory to his lieutenants”. Milton.

      O deem thy fall not owed to man's decree. Pope.

      3. Hence: To have or be under an obigation to restore, pay, or render ( something ) in return or compensation for something received; to be indebted in the sum of; as, “the subject owes allegiance; the fortunate owe assistance to the unfortunate.”

      The one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty. Bible ( 1551 ).

      A son owes help and honor to his father. Holyday.

      ☞ Owe was sometimes followed by an objective clause introduced by the infinitive. “Ye owen to incline and bow your heart.” Chaucer.

      4. To have an obligation to ( some one ) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as, “to owe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services”.

    2. Owing p. p. & a. [Used in a passive sense for owed ( AS. āgen. See Own ).]
      1. Had or held under obligation of paying; due.

      There is more owing her than is paid. Shak.

      2. Had or experienced as a consequence, result, issue, etc.; ascribable; -- with to; as, “misfortunes are often owing to vices; his failure was owing to speculations.”