own

adjective
\ˈōn \

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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Other Words from own

Verb

owner \ˈō-​nər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for own

Synonyms: Verb

command, enjoy, have, hold, possess, retain

Antonyms: Verb

lack, want

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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

Sityodtong eventually founded his own shop with Izara Capital Management LLC. Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Ultimate Fighting Championship Has an Asian Rival," 30 Aug. 2017 Visitors may bring their own beach picnic supplies and beach gear from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oceanfront Community Center, 9301 Collins Ave. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Free zoo, bowling and crafts events," 30 Aug. 2017 He has even been seen wearing his own merchandise, which is for sale on his website, on his way to survey the damage. Veronica Hilbring, Essence.com, "Tone Deaf: Here's Everything Trump Has Said About Hurricane Harvey," 30 Aug. 2017 To all the sports teams out there: Tweet about words at your own risk. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "Merriam-Webster Twitter fantastically burns 3 NFL teams," 30 Aug. 2017 Why does everything Joe Maddon does come with its own aura and air of genius? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "The Morning Line, 8/30," 30 Aug. 2017 And for those already in serious relationships, the loss of a job can be devastating in its own way. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "Working Class Jilts America’s Sweetheart Deal," 30 Aug. 2017 Diligent K-beauty lovers identified the mask in question as the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, Lucy Hale did a demo, and ever since, more brands have followed suit with their own versions. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Is What Bubble Masks Actually Do for Your Skin," 30 Aug. 2017 Russia is a leading global supplier of uranium to the nuclear power industry and has its own uranium repository. chicagotribune.com, "A uranium bank just opened in Kazakhstan to stop the spread of nukes," 29 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The gap is persistent, and widening; half a century after the Fair Housing Act was supposed to help correct this historical injustice, the gap is wider than ever, with just 42.3 percent of black Americans owning homes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Homes owned by black Americans undervalued by billions, says report," 27 Nov. 2018 Blame the boom on—who else?—millennials, who have fewer children than previous generations, and own more animals. Melissa Batchelor Warnke, Glamour, "Your Marriage Is Over. Who Gets Custody of the Pets?," 26 Nov. 2018 Jennifer was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and now owns a home in suburban Burr Ridge. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Hudson's Son, David Daniel Otunga Jr.," 30 Oct. 2018 The case started in February, when Stephen's former brother-in-law, Vaughn Ellison, discovered a hidden recording device while performing contracting work at Stephen's home in Monticello, where Stephen and his father own a local car dealership. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 Another factor is Intel’s own manufacturing problems. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists," 8 Oct. 2018 The bookstore was owned and curated by Jon Hagen—earning the title of Bookstore of the Year by the Oregonian in 2016. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Historic live-work bookstore wants $1.5M," 12 Nov. 2018 Volunteers of all political stripes, and those who own guns as well as those who do not, educate and advocate for keeping families safe. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 The Forest Service bought the $3-million property from the Forni family, which had privately owned it for over a century. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018

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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

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

Verb

see own entry 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see own entry 1

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own

verb

English Language Learners Definition of own

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

: to admit that something is true

own

adjective
\ˈōn \

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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