own

adjective
\ ˈōn How to pronounce own (audio) \

Definition of own

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : belonging to oneself or itself usually used following a possessive case or possessive adjective cooked my own dinnerwas responsible for his own bad luck
2 used to express immediate or direct kinship an own sonan own sistermy own family

own

verb
owned; owning; owns

Definition of own (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to have or hold as property : possess
b : to have power or mastery over wanted to own his own life
2 : 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

Definition of own (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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 owna room of your own
on one's own
1 : for or by oneself : independently of assistance or control made the decision on his own
2 : left to rely entirely on one's own resources if you mess up, you're on your own

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Synonyms & Antonyms for own

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed. acknowledged an earlier peccadillo admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications. admitted the project was over budget own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself. must own I know little about computers avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about. avowed that he was a revolutionary confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt. confessed a weakness for sweets

Examples of own in a Sentence

Verb We hope to someday own our own home. She drives a red truck that was originally owned by her grandfather. He owns the rights to the band's music. The couple owns and operates the business. After everyone else denied any responsibility, he owned that he was at fault.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The fourth episode each week centers on Brooke’s own personal life. BostonGlobe.com, "Uzo Aduba takes the lead in a pandemic-era ‘In Treatment’," 13 May 2021 Chrissy Teigen has publicly apologized to Courtney Stodden after being accused of bullying them in their teens, including telling Stodden to take their own life. Sharareh Drury, Billboard, "Chrissy Teigen Apologizes to Courtney Stodden for Social Media Bullying," 12 May 2021 The suspension comes in response to a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Kristin Bride, the mother of an Oregon teen who took his own life in 2020 after receiving bullying messages via Yolo and LMK for months. oregonlive, "Snapchat suspends anonymous Q&A apps Yolo and LMK after lawsuit over Oregon teen’s death," 12 May 2021 Hyatt Hotel heir John Pritzker was 19 when his older sister took her own life in 1972. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hyatt Hotel heir donates $60 million for UCSF psychiatric hospital," 12 May 2021 In 2007, a man killed two people and wounded three at Colorado Springs' New Life Church before taking his own life. Thomas Peipert, Star Tribune, "Neighbors mourn victims of Colorado shooting that killed 7," 11 May 2021 The suspension comes in response to a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Kristin Bride, the mother of an Oregon teen who took his own life in 2020 after receiving bullying messages via Yolo and LMK for months. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, "Snap suspends anonymous Q&A apps Yolo and LMK after lawsuit over teen’s death," 11 May 2021 The choice to take a chance on your own life, apparently. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "More Texans died by not wearing seat belts in 2020," 11 May 2021 The parent company of Snapchat and two messaging apps face a lawsuit after a teen who was cyberbullied took his own life. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Mother of cyberbullied teen sues Snap, other apps after son takes own life," 11 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas law is clear and has been for well over a century: mineral owners, which include oil and gas operators, own the dominant estate. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, "Next Steps In Texas Surface Vs Mineral Rights? The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing In The Wind," 13 May 2021 Roadrunner will be the latest Boston venue for The Bowery Presents, the concert promoters that own and operate The Sinclair in Harvard Square and operate Royale in Boston’s Theater District. BostonGlobe.com, "The Bowery Presents to open a 3,500-person capacity live music venue at Boston Landing," 12 May 2021 Applicants for a firearm’s license must pass psychological exams and own a smoothbore shotgun for a trial period before obtaining a rifle. New York Times, "Russia School Shooting Kills 7 Students and 2 Employees," 11 May 2021 The 10th-place Spurs are 1½ up on New Orleans, plus own the tiebreaker. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "More than just Lakers are jockeying for position in the final week of NBA regular season," 10 May 2021 The Suns own the tiebreaker, can still catch the Jazz, who play Monday at Golden State (35-33), but will likely be a second seed. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Countdown to playoffs: Suns postseason hopes already over after falling to Lakers?," 10 May 2021 In theory, the more investors that own the stock, the less chance there is of any significant number of them buying or selling at once and sending shares soaring of plummeting. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "There’s no good reason for Amazon to split its stock," 8 May 2021 Sudberry will build a parking structure worth $5.5 million that the city will own, and will pay rent and maintenance to the city estimated at $450,000 annually. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside sells El Corazon land for commercial developments," 6 May 2021 To help, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development gave a $2.7 million loan to management and the city, which co-own the property. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. plans to repair, rebuild crumbling public housing where Breed grew up. Some tenants still plan to sue," 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of own

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for own

Adjective, Verb, and Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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

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The first known use of own was before the 12th century

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15 May 2021

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“Own.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/own. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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own

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of own

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to say that something belongs or relates to a particular person or thing and to no other always used after a possessive (such as "my," "your," or "their")
used to stress the fact that a person does or makes something without the help of other people always used after a possessive

own

verb

English Language Learners Definition of own (Entry 2 of 3)

: to have (something) as property : to legally possess (something)
old-fashioned : to admit that something is true

own

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of own (Entry 3 of 3)

: something or someone that belongs or relates to a particular person or thing and to no other

own

adjective
\ ˈōn How to pronounce own (audio) \

Kids Definition of own

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to show the fact that something belongs to or relates to a particular person or thing and no other I have my own room. The hotel has its own theater.

own

verb
owned; owning

Kids Definition of own (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to have or hold as property She owns two cars.
2 : to admit that something is true He owned to being scared.

Legal Definition of own

: to have or hold as property especially : to have title to own property

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