Definition of owing in US English:



  • predicative (of money) yet to be paid.

    ‘no rent was owing’
    • ‘The purchaser's share of the taxes owing was adjusted on closing date.’
    • ‘The amount now owing is $1421,731.50 and further interest payable on the judgment debt.’
    • ‘There were years however, that the Day Book indicates that Rent for the Grant cottage was owing and unpaid, particularly from 1973 to 1977 inclusive.’
    • ‘It is deemed to continue, moreover, until the conclusion of enforcement proceedings in which the amount of any damages owing is calculated.’
    • ‘A popular legal redundancy is that a debt is ‘due, owing and unpaid.’’
    • ‘The teachers met with the Highlands branch of the PNG Teachers Association and resolved that if salaries owing were not paid by the specified date they would instigate legal action and withdraw their services.’
    • ‘This means that laid-off staff have to queue up with all other unsecured creditors for whatever percentage of moneys owing is paid out after the Inland Revenue Department is satisfied.’
    • ‘The service for which the alleged debt was said to be owing was what kind of service?’
    • ‘But this still leaves money owing not to the courts or police but to you and me, as taxpayers, and to victims of crime.’
    unpaid, unsettled, to be paid, payable, receivable, due, overdue, undischarged, owed, outstanding, in arrears, in the red
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  • owing to

    • Because of or on account of.

      ‘his reading was hesitant owing to a stammer’
      • ‘However, this was put on the backburner owing to difficult market conditions at that time.’
      • ‘One of the buses on Wednesday night, owing to engine trouble, got held up at Mountfalcon.’
      • ‘Of course, there were also policies to cover personal accidents and loss owing to fire.’
      • ‘It was revived after it was forced to suspend publication a few years ago owing to political reasons.’
      • ‘There was an interruption of three or four months owing to his father's death.’
      • ‘We only ever got as far as a turkey farm six miles down the road, and it took over four hours to get there owing to the fact that neither of us knew how to drive a lorry.’
      • ‘This sentiment will seem less of a cliche to us than to other classes, owing to the tragic events of the past year.’
      • ‘However, throughout the world, the cost of fish has increased owing to reduced yields.’
      • ‘This may be owing to low awareness about the hazardous side effects of adulterated food on our health.’
      • ‘Television prices have come down rapidly owing to keen competition in the industry.’
      because of, as a result of, on account of, on grounds of, due to, as a consequence of, thanks to, through, by reason of, by virtue of, in virtue of, for the sake of, in view of, after, following, in the wake of
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