disown

verb dis·own \ (ˌ)dis-ˈōn \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of disown

1 : to refuse to acknowledge as one's own
2 a : to repudiate any connection or identification with
b : to deny the validity or authority of

disownment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disown in a Sentence

  1. Her parents threatened to disown her if she didn't go back to school.

  2. He was disowned for bringing shame to the family.

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First Known Use of disown

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DISOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of disown for English Language Learners

  • : to say or decide that you will no longer be connected with, associated with, or responsible for (someone or something)


DISOWN Defined for Kids

disown

verb dis·own \ dis-ˈōn \

Definition of disown for Students

disowned; disowning
: to refuse to accept any longer a relationship with or connection to
  • … they disowned my mother when she got married …
  • —Judy Blume, Are You There God?


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