owing to


owed, unpaid, or due for payment: to pay what is owing.
owing to, because of; as a result of: Owing to a mistake in the payroll department, some of us were issued incorrect checks.

1325–75; Middle English; see owe, -ing2

unowing, adjective
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owing (ˈəʊɪŋ)
1.  (postpositive) owed; due
2.  (preposition) owing to because of or on account of

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Word Origin & History

O.E. agan (pt. ahte) "to have, own," from P.Gmc. *aiganan "to possess" (cf. O.Fris. aga, O.N. eiga, O.H.G. eigan, Goth. aigan "to possess, have"), from PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess" (cf. Skt. ise "he owns," isah "owner, lord, ruler;" Avestan is- "riches," isvan- "well-off, rich"). Sense of "to
have to repay" began in late O.E. with the phrase agan to geldanne lit. "to own to yield," which was used to translate L. debere (earlier in O.E. this would have been sceal "shall"); by c.1175 the phrase had been shortened to simply agan, and own (v.) took over this word's original sense. An original Gmc. preterite-present verb (cf. can, dare, may, etc.). New past tense form owed arose 15c. to replace oughte, which developed into ought (1).
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