Thesaurus

own

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of own

to keep, control, or experience as one's own
  • we own a modest house and an equally modest car

Synonyms for own

Words Related to own

Phrases Synonymous with own

Near Antonyms for own

Antonyms for own

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About own

How does the verb own contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of own are acknowledge, admit, avow, and confess. While all these words mean "to disclose against one's will or inclination," own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself.

must own I know little about computers

When can acknowledge be used instead of own?

Although the words acknowledge and own have much in common, acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed.

acknowledged an earlier peccadillo

When is it sensible to use admit instead of own?

While in some cases nearly identical to own, admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications.

admitted the project was over budget

Where would avow be a reasonable alternative to own?

The synonyms avow and own are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

In what contexts can confess take the place of own?

In some situations, the words confess and own are roughly equivalent. However, confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt.

confessed a weakness for sweets

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about own

Time Traveler for own

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Own.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/own. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on own

Dictionary: Definition of own

Spanish Central: Translation of own

Nglish: Translation of own for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of own for Arabic Speakers

Comments on own

What made you want to look up own? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!