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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 & 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 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 Foles has a capable sidekick in running back Leonard Fournette, but (again) the Bucs quietly own the league’s No. 2 defense against the run. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Best Bets: Three underdog locks for Week 13," 30 Nov. 2019 Same at the Skandia Lions Club near Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, where the club just sold its building for lack of use and now meets at Maple Lane Sports, the store owned by the club’s president, Ronald Stenfors, 75 years old. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Polka, bingo and fish fries are slowly saving VFW post in Michigan's U.P.," 29 Nov. 2019 Now owned by MLive Media Group, the Cit Pat is smaller, like Jackson itself, and more digital than print. The Christian Science Monitor, "Europe wins a big anti-corruption battle," 25 Nov. 2019 AEG Presents, owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, has the reputation and resources to bring in bigger names such as Haynes for an induction concert such as this. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Music Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class and plans a move to RiNo," 22 Nov. 2019 Titled The Young Men’s Magazine, the matchbook-sized miniature was drafted with a specific audience in mind: namely, an army of toy soldiers owned by the author’s younger brother, Branson. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Miniature Manuscript Penned by Teenaged Charlotte Brontë Will Return to Author’s Childhood Home," 21 Nov. 2019 In the 1960s, at the height of a dispute with Greece over the status of the island of Cyprus, the Turkish state confiscated some properties owned by non-Muslim community foundations. Ramazan Kılınç, The Conversation, "Christians have lived in Turkey for two millennia – but their future is uncertain," 21 Nov. 2019 Permits from the environment department are required to own, breed, sell, transport, hunt, and euthanize lions. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Inside a controversial South African lion farm," 21 Nov. 2019 Jeff Brady started the Skagway News in 1978 and owned it until 2015. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Free to a good home: 1 newspaper in Alaska," 21 Nov. 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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The first known use of own was before the 12th century

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“Own.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owned. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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