Translation of owe in Setswana



verbowes, owing, owed

  • 1

    • have a duty to pay or give something to somebody, especially money
  • 2

    nna le sengwe ntateng ya ditirô tsa mongwe
    ‘They owed their lives to the pilot's skill’ Ba santse ba tshela ntateng ya bokgôni jwa mofofisi
    • have something because of the action of another person or thing


The use of owing to as a preposition meaning 'because of' is entirely acceptable, unlike this use of due to, which some people object to. See note at due