ow·​ing ˈō-iŋ How to pronounce owing (audio)
: due to be paid
has bills owing

Example Sentences

there's one bill still owing
Recent Examples on the Web But her years in office were marked with both personal tragedy – her son Sanjay died shortly into her second stint – and turbulence, owing, in part, to a war with Pakistan, droughts, famine and an economic crisis. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 19 Oct. 2022 The proposition before this house is the principle of owing reparations ... Nikhil Kumar, CNN, 11 Sep. 2022 And that would mean owing hundreds of dollars for most borrowers. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2022 As my colleague Shawn Tully described in February, the offering that was eerily similar to the 2000s Conseco insurance disaster, where employees were left owing hundreds of millions of dollars. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 16 June 2022 But they can still be evicted for other reasons, such as causing a nuisance or owing rent beyond what the assistance covered. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, 5 July 2022 Despite publicly accusing Ver of owing CoinFLEX $47 million in debt, Lamb remains optimistic about the industry overall. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 28 June 2022 This was likely owing, in part, to the lack of a commute into work (even for car commuters, a walk from a parking garage is more steps than rolling out of bed to your kitchen table). Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 1 June 2022 Omicron outbreak is also growing more deadly owing in large part to the city’s low elderly vaccination rate. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'owing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of owing was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near owing

Cite this Entry

“Owing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owing. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: due to be paid : owed
have bills owing
claim no more than is owing

More from Merriam-Webster on owing

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.