own

adjective
\ ˈōn \

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 \ 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

Take the stake in U.S. chip maker Nvidia that the Japanese technology giant until recently owned in its $100 billion Vision Fund. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "This Tech Company Isn’t a Bank, But It Might Be a Hedge Fund," 6 Feb. 2019 Using a food processor is like having your own personal sous chef — owning one will save you from having to do tons of tedious and tiring prep work. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 To counter the problem, a postdoc in Towfighian's group developed a prototype of an energy harvester that uses the knees own abilities to generate energy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bionic Knee Replacements Are Powered By Your Walk," 30 Jan. 2019 When the race is cut short by the police, TB accuses Jug of calling the cops, but Archie ends up owning up to it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "OK, But Who The Heck is Tall Boy on "Riverdale"?," 24 Jan. 2019 In one romantic scene, the two whip up some homemade apple cider at a cozy locale owned by Gretchen's aunt, called the Silverpine Inn. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Made to Order' Was Filmed in This Cozy Bed and Breakfast," 23 Dec. 2018 The other news story is the perhaps premature death of StarVR, the ultrawide-FOV headset that was partially funded and owned by Starbreeze. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 As the New York Post first reported, the six-story Beaux Arts limestone townhouse once owned by the granddaughter of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt is on the market for the first time in years. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Three People Were Injured in a Fire at Manhattan's Last Gilded Age Mansion," 11 Dec. 2018 If a property management company is servicing a house owned by someone who wants to sell, the company can list the property on Investimate and find a new buyer who wants to retain them as the property manager. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "The single-family rental industry is starting to consolidate," 11 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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