She could never seem to wrest free any back royalties, but she always seemed to owe back taxes.
Great scientists tell us that we owe not only our health but even our life strength to this wonderful force.
The last person to owe his life to Oskar Schindler's famous list died last week in Fullerton, California.
We owe it to our young and vulnerable patients to use these medications sparingly and judiciously.
Antoine Dodson, Jimmy McMillan, and Greyson Chance are just a few of the people who owe their fame to viral videos this year.
I owe the spirit of my patron this man's blood, and I shall pay the debt.
In view of the violence you made use of, I consider that you owe my son an apology.
To them we owe the progress of the world and we are the inheritors of their spirit.
He didn't like to owe anything to other people, not even to Prissie.
I will not owe my acquittal of this foul charge to any trick of lawyer-craft.
Old English agan (past tense ahte) "to have, own," from Proto-Germanic *aiganan "to possess" (cf. Old Frisian aga, Old Norse eiga, Old High German eigan, Gothic aigan "to possess, have"), from PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess" (cf. Sanskrit ise "he owns," isah "owner, lord, ruler;" Avestan is- "riches," isvan- "well-off, rich").
Sense of "to have to repay" began in late Old English with the phrase agan to geldanne literally "to own to yield," which was used to translate Latin debere (earlier in Old English this would have been sceal "shall"); by late 12c. the phrase had been shortened to simply agan, and own (v.) took over this word's original sense.
An original Germanic preterite-present verb (cf. can, dare, may, etc.). New past tense form owed arose 15c. to replace oughte, which developed into ought (v.).