- The definition of own is something that belongs to oneself.
An example of own used as an adjective is the phrase is "make your own pasta," when a man makes pasta from scratch.
- To own is defined as to possess or acknowledge something.
An example of to own is purchasing a car stereo.
A machine for making your own pasta.
own definition by Webster's New World
- belonging, relating, or peculiar to oneself or itself: used to strengthen a preceding possessive: his own book, her own idea
- Now Rare related by blood rather than by marriage
Origin: Middle English owen ; from Old English agen, past participle of agan, to possess: see owe
- to possess; hold as personal property; have
- to admit; recognize; acknowledge
own definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. To have or possess as property: owns a chain of restaurants.b. To have control over: For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
- To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge.
Origin: Middle English owen, from Old English āgen; see aik- in Indo-European roots.
- ownˈer noun
own - Phrases/Idioms
come into one's own
get one's own back
of one's own
on one's ownInformal
- by one's own efforts or on one's own initiative
- independent of help from others
own up (to)
on (one's) own
- By one's own efforts: She got the job on her own.
- Responsible for oneself; independent of outside help or control: He is now out of college and on his own.