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own

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of own

  1. to keep, control, or experience as one's own we own a modest house and an equally modest car Synonyms of own command, enjoy, hold, have, possess, retainWords Related to own keep, reserve, withhold; bear, carry; boast, show off, sportNear Antonyms of own abandon, cede, disclaim, disown, hand over, relinquish, renounce, surrender, yield; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; need, requireAntonyms of own lack, want

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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