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own

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adjective \ ˈōn \

Definition of own

1 :belonging to oneself or itself usually used following a possessive case or possessive adjective
  • cooked my own dinner
  • was responsible for his own bad luck
2 used to express immediate or direct kinship
  • an own son
  • an own sister
  • my own family

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Origin and Etymology of own

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

verb

Definition of own

transitive verb
1 a :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

owner

play \ˈō-nər\ noun

Examples of own in a Sentence

  1. We hope to someday own our own home.

  2. She drives a red truck that was originally owned by her grandfather.

  3. He owns the rights to the band's music.

  4. The couple owns and operates the business.

  5. After everyone else denied any responsibility, he owned that he was at fault.

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Origin and Etymology of own

see 1own

Synonym Discussion of own

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

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own

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of own

: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 own
  • a 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

Origin and Etymology of own

see 1own


OWN Defined for English Language Learners

own

verb

Definition of own for English Language Learners

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

  • : to admit that something is true


OWN Defined for Kids

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own

play
adjective \ ˈōn \

Definition of own for Students

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.

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own

verb

Definition of own for Students

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

Law Dictionary

own

transitive verb

legal Definition of own

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


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