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owe to (2)

Meaning: If something happens owing to something else, it happens as a result of it.

For example:

  • owe sth to sth We owe the fall in our sales to a general drop in consumer spending.

  • owing to sth/sb We're short of stock at the moment owing to an unexpected increase in sales recently.

Note: Often used in the continuous form "owing to".

Quick Quiz:

The tennis tournament was cancelled owing to the
  1. lack of sponsors
  2. high prize money
  3. good ticket sales

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