owe it to

idiom

: to have a duty to (someone to do something)
We owe it to the veterans to build a memorial.

Examples of owe it to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Presidential historian Tim Naftali suggested on CNN that Biden’s close advisers and family owe it to the country to talk him into taking a tough decision to consider stepping aside. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 29 June 2024 But leaders in Caracas and Washington owe it to Venezuelans to try. Francisco Rodríguez, Foreign Affairs, 1 Dec. 2023 Instead of calling in police and security forces to suppress protest, university leaders owe it to students to engage with them. Eddie R. Cole / Made By History, TIME, 4 June 2024 Ohio’s legislators owe it to the voters of their state and the people of the nation to come together and pass a simple fix to this state election law and give Ohio voters the chance to reject Joe Biden fair and square. The Editors, National Review, 28 May 2024 There is no music without Maestro, so these people really all owe it to me! Katcy Stephan, Variety, 10 May 2024 Providers owe it to patients to consider if less really is more. Elsa Pearson Sites, STAT, 8 Nov. 2023 Fans who have only seen the 2012 film adaptation with Russell Crowe’s painfully weak vocal attempt owe it to themselves to see Boyd perform Javert’s staggeringly difficult songs as they were meant to be heard: with precision, ferocity and conviction. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 4 Aug. 2023 Do the Blazers owe it to Lillard to fulfill his very specific request? Afentres, oregonlive, 6 July 2023

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“Owe it to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owe%20it%20to. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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