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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Verb

owner \ ˈō-​nər How to pronounce owner (audio) \ 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

Darroch is a lifelong career diplomat; the current U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James owns the New York Jets. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Hong Kong: A Free City, under a Shadow," 14 July 2019 Josiah and Jane Daley, the parents of Richard Daley, also owned slaves, according to Limestone County Chancery Court records from the mid-1800s. The Courier-Journal, "In McConnell’s boyhood town where his family owned slaves, the reparations debate thrives," 13 July 2019 Lyric Opera San Diego owned and operated the historic venue from 2005 until going bankrupt in 2011. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Observatory North Park to pay $140,000 in city complaint settlement," 13 July 2019 Fosun, a conglomerate with health, leisure and financial interests, owns Club Med and Mattel Theme parks. Michael Scaturro, CNN, "Thomas Cook is seeking a $940 million bailout from a Chinese tourism giant," 12 July 2019 Eli’s Restaurant Group owns and operates the Eli’s restaurants in Branford, Hamden, Milford and Orange, as well as Roost in Hamden, a fast-casual chicken spot. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Eli’s Restaurant Group to open Elicit Brewing Co. in Manchester with food, cocktails and an arcade," 12 July 2019 The Wilber family owned it next and lived in it for 14 years before selling it to the Chicago Theological Seminary, which used the house as a dormitory, dining hall and offices for decades. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park is now a UNESCO treasure," 12 July 2019 For example, Columbia, a sportswear producer, owns more than 700 retail locations in China, one of its largest foreign markets. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Are tariffs against China bringing factories and jobs back to the U.S.?," 12 July 2019 Winfrey reportedly owns 100 acres in the region of Hana and 1,000 acres in Upcountry on the island of Maui. Fox News, "Oprah Winfrey 'immediately' granted access to private road for Hawaii fire evacuations, she says," 12 July 2019

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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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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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