owing Definition

to be under a moral or legal obligation to pay or repay (something, especially money).

Using owing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "owing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is owing me $50 for the concert tickets.

  • Example

    The company is owing its employees their salaries for the past two months.

  • Example

    I'm sorry, I can't lend you any money. I still have some debts owing.

owing Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for owing

Antonyms for owing

Phrases with owing

  • because of; as a result of


    Owing to the heavy rain, the match was postponed.

  • because


    Owing to the fact that he was late, he missed the train.

  • owing to one's credit

    to one's advantage or credit


    Owing to his hard work, he got promoted to the manager position.


Summary: owing in Brief

'Owing' [ˈoʊɪŋ] refers to being morally or legally obligated to pay or repay something, particularly money. It is often used in phrases like 'owing to' to indicate a cause or reason, such as 'Owing to the heavy rain, the match was postponed.' 'Owing' has synonyms like 'due' and 'outstanding,' and is the opposite of 'paid' or 'settled.'

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