on one 's own

Definition of on one 's own

  1. 1 :  without being helped by anyone or anything He's still too weak to stand on his own. The rash went away on its own after a few days. I came up with the idea all on my own.

  2. 2 :  without anyone or anything else :  alone She lived on her own for a few years before getting married.

  3. 3 :  in a state or condition in which there is nobody to help If you mess up, you're on your own. They can't survive on their own in the wilderness.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. :  to have or hold as property :  possess

    :  to have power or mastery over

    :  to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed :  admit

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a brief usually trivial fact

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