own·​er | \ ˈō-nər How to pronounce owner (audio) \
plural owners

Definition of owner

: a person who owns something : one who has the legal or rightful title to something : one to whom property belongs business/property owners He and his sister are owners of the restaurant. We were able to return the wallet to its rightful owner. often used in combinationdog-owners and cat-owners

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Examples of owner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Youngs' propane tank had been refilled the afternoon of the explosion and a serviceman reported smelling gas after filling up the tank, Bremis Hudson, the property owner and Young’s father, previously said. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Grayson County woman severely burned in home explosion dies, according to family," 10 Feb. 2020 Both the shop owner and his wife were detained for the investigation. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Auto parts store owner shoots burglary suspect near Katy, sheriff says," 10 Feb. 2020 To make sure the money is there to keep up with the growth, the organization, which represents owners and employers in the area, is seeking to reauthorize the downtown public improvement district, which is expiring. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas Inc. is keeping the focus on the center city," 10 Feb. 2020 Super slick’ Apps like Getaround and Turo are surging in popularity among both car owners and people without cars. NBC News, "Wrecked cars, homicide and bags of meth: Inside the wild ride of peer-to-peer car rentals," 10 Feb. 2020 Every month, Comcast pays programmers like networks, local TV station owners and others for the ability to bring their programming to you. oregonlive, "Bad news, ‘Outlander’ fans: After ‘Power’ finale, Comcast is dropping Starz from cable packages," 9 Feb. 2020 Even more troublingly, Harley's attracted the attention of Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), a gloriously preening nightclub owner and criminal kingpin who's associated with the sadistic heavy Zsasz (Chris Messina). Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 7 Feb. 2020 The New York Times earlier reported that the developers, the team’s owners and the city are nearing an agreement that would allow the stadium to be built. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "New Bronx Soccer Stadium Within Reach for New York City Soccer Team," 7 Feb. 2020 Being able to read these cues can also improve the bond between cat owners and their companions, through an improved understanding of how their kitties may be feeling. Popular Science, "We’re surprisingly bad at reading cats’ facial expressions," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of owner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of owner was before the 12th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Owner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owner. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for owner

beneficial owner


Financial Definition of beneficial owner

What It Is

The beneficial owner is the individual or entity that enjoys the benefits of owning an asset, regardless of whose name the title of the property or security is in.

How It Works

Beneficial ownership commonly refers to two situations:

1. Under U.S. securities law, a beneficial owner enjoys either sole or shared power regarding voting rights in a stock. According to the SEC, this right extends to include stock or securities owned by one person even if the title is held by another person or entity.
2. Beneficial ownership can also refer to a situation where an individual or entity holds the right of ownership even if the stock is registered with another entity, such as a brokerage house. In this case, while the brokerage firm is actually shown as the holder of the security, the investor is the beneficial owner.

For example, Bob buys 100 shares of stock in Company ABC via a brokerage house. Even though the stock is recorded under the broker's name, Bob is the beneficial owner.

Why It Matters

Beneficial ownership is a convenient and safe way of owning stock, especially for investors who want to hold securities without the responsibilities of voting or becoming involved in corporate actions.

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How to pronounce owner (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of owner

: a person or group that owns something


own·​er | \ ˈō-nər \

Kids Definition of owner

: a person who owns something

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Legal Definition of owner

: one with an interest in and often dominion over property: as
a : legal owner in this entry
b : one with the right to exclusive use, control, or possession of property
c : a purchaser under a contract for the sale of real property — see also equitable owner in this entry
beneficial owner
1 : one holding a beneficial interest in a trust — compare beneficial interest at interest sense 1
2 : one enjoying the benefit of property of which another is the legal owner was the beneficial owner of property held by the parent corporation
3 : one who has or shares the power to control the voting or investment of stock was considered the beneficial owner of stock held by her minor children
equitable owner
: one (as a beneficiary of a trust) who is considered to have rights or obligations of an owner regardless of legal title on the ground of equity do not have legal title but, upon execution of the contract, they became equitable owners and have power to sue to protect their landDessen v. Jones, 551 N.E.2d 782 (1990)
legal owner
: one who has legal title to property broadly : one determined by law to own property
naked owner
in the civil law of Louisiana : an owner of property burdened by a usufruct
record owner
: one who is the owner of property (as land or stock) according to current appropriate records received a tax bill as record owner of the land

called also owner of record

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