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Definition of own

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : belonging to oneself or itself usually used following a possessive case or possessive adjectivecooked my own dinnerwas responsible for his own bad luck
2 used to express immediate or direct kinshipan 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 noungave 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: 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 Immediately post-breakup, your thoughts are still anchored to your ex, because being with him for nine years has conditioned you to automatically consider his thoughts and feelings before your own. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Woman needs to make encounters with ex more about business, nothing about emotions," 10 Jan. 2021 Expansion-era Browns fans finally have a playoff team to call their own. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Browns vs. Steelers: Everything to know ahead of the wild card game," 10 Jan. 2021 Clemson held its own early, maybe because Elliott would have scripted the first couple of possessions, as just about every team does. Charles Hollis, al, "Alabama’s challenge is containing one of Buckeyes’ greatest teams," 10 Jan. 2021 These have echoes of Caravaggio, but an aggression that is all their own. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?," 10 Jan. 2021 Immediately post-breakup, your thoughts are still anchored to your ex, because being with him for nine years has conditioned you to automatically consider his thoughts and feelings before your own. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Break-up encounters should be negotiations," 10 Jan. 2021 After 35 to 45 minutes of walking or light jogging, Randy also turns to yoga, which has benefits all its own. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Randy Jackson's Weight-Loss and Health Journey in His Own Words," 7 Jan. 2021 His team couldn’t find its own against San Antonio. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Kawhi Leonard can’t cap Clippers comeback with last-second shot in loss to Spurs," 5 Jan. 2021 Only men and women aspire to lifelong loyalty to friends whose bodies do not commingle with their own. Herbert Gold, Harpers Magazine, "The Injustice Collector," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the financial side, my wife and I own two houses, in Cleveland Heights and in Michigan. cleveland, "You deserve to know who I am and what makes me tick: Letter from the Editor," 9 Jan. 2021 Cons: The Dolphins own Houston's first- and second-round picks in the extended wake of O'Brien's 2019 trade for LT Laremy Tunsil. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's six open head coaching jobs in 2021 from worst to first," 4 Jan. 2021 Cons: The Dolphins own Houston's first- and second-round picks in the extended wake of O'Brien's 2019 trade for LT Laremy Tunsil. Nate Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Detroit Lions' head coach job among 6 NFL openings in 2021: Worst to first," 4 Jan. 2021 The Seahawks own the division crown and could get the top overall seed. Barry Wilner, ajc, "NFL races go down to the wire in AFC South and NFC East," 2 Jan. 2021 In Moralia, the Alcalas own a small shop at a colorful, indoor marketplace similar to Market Square in San Antonio. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "U.S. citizens with deported parents still separated during the holidays," 1 Jan. 2021 Luke Gingerich and his wife, Annie, own a small organic peach orchard with a high-efficiency sprinkler system. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "Climate's toll on the Colorado River: 'We can weather maybe a couple of years'," 1 Jan. 2021 The Gators own the longest such streak in the nation. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cotton Bowl by the numbers: Florida vs. Oklahoma," 30 Dec. 2020 Among the eligibility requirements: Applicants must own at least 50% of a brick-and-mortar shop, employ fewer than 20 people, and provide evidence of profitability before the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "How an L.A. indie bookstore’s GoFundMe inspired a small business lifeline," 25 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Own.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/own. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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

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
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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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