Definition of disown
1 : to refuse to acknowledge as one's own
2a : to repudiate any connection or identification withb : to deny the validity or authority of
disownmentplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of disown in a Sentence
Her parents threatened to disown her if she didn't go back to school.
He was disowned for bringing shame to the family.
Recent Examples of disown from the Web
In the Daily Sabah last summer, Kanter's father, Mehmet, announced the family was disowning him.
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First Known Use of disown
DISOWN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of disown for Students
: 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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