prep because of or on account of (sth) 由于; 因为
*Owing to the rain, the match was cancelled. 比赛因雨取消了. =>Usage at due1 用法见due1.
formal because of something
Owing to a lack of funds, the project will not continue next year.
Flight BA213 has been delayed owing to fog.
WORD CHOICE:owing to, due to, because of, thanks to
Owing to and due to are slightly formal. They are often used in official notices and public statements : Owing to bad weather, this morning's flight will be delayed. | He is retiring due to ill health.
!! Owing to and due to are prepositions (they come immediately before a noun). They are not conjunctions (they cannot connect two parts of a sentence) : I had to wait hours because the plane was delayed (NOT I had to wait hours owing to the plane was delayed).
In spoken English, it is more usual to use because of than owing to or due to : All my clothes got wet because of the storm (NOT owing to the storm).
Thanks to is used to explain why something good has happened : Thanks to the success of his first album, he is now a wealthy man.
1. Owing to this difference in emphasis, the Japanese are thorough in their meetings as well as in their production. 由于这种重点的不同，日本人不仅在生产上讲求有始有终，而且开会也讲求有始有终。