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

Examples of owing in a Sentence

there's one bill still owing
Recent Examples on the Web However, authorities then accused Rappler of owing taxes on that transaction. Jason Gutierrez, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 However, the authorities then accused Rappler of owing taxes on that transaction. Mike Ives, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2023 Imagine owing, say, $40,000 on a credit card, and being charged, say, 20% on it —many people owe more than that, and many cards charge more than that, too. Dallas News, 20 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History


Middle English owynge, from present participle of ouen, ouwen "to have, possess, owe"

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Owing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owing. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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