adjective \ˈōn\

Definition of OWN

:  belonging to oneself or itself —usually used following a possessive case or possessive adjective <cooked my own dinner>
—used to express immediate or direct kinship <an own son> <an own sister>

Origin of OWN

Middle English owen, from Old English āgen; akin to Old High German eigan own, Old Norse eiginn, Old English āgan to possess — more at owe
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to have (something) as property : to legally possess (something)

: to admit that something is true

Full Definition of OWN

transitive verb
a :  to have or hold as property :  possess
b :  to have power or mastery over <wanted to own his own life>
:  to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed :  admit <own a debt>
intransitive verb
:  to acknowledge something to be true, valid, or as claimed —used with to or up
own·er \ˈō-nər\ noun

Examples of OWN

  1. We hope to someday own our own home.
  2. She drives a red truck that was originally owned by her grandfather.
  3. He owns the rights to the band's music.
  4. The couple owns and operates the business.
  5. After everyone else denied any responsibility, he owned that he was at fault.

First Known Use of OWN

before 12th century

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pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of OWN

:  one or ones belonging to oneself —used after a possessive and without a following noun <gave out books so that each of us had our own> <a room of your own>
on one's own
:  for or by oneself :  independently of assistance or control <made the decision on his own>
:  left to rely entirely on one's own resources <if you mess up, you're on your own>

First Known Use of OWN

before 12th century


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