Own Definition

owned, owns
Belonging, relating, or peculiar to oneself or itself.
His own book, her own idea.
Webster's New World
Related by blood rather than by marriage.
Webster's New World
That which belongs to oneself.
The car is his own; I have reasons of my own.
Webster's New World
owned, owns
To confess (to)
Webster's New World
To possess; hold as personal property; have.
Webster's New World
To have control over.
For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
American Heritage
To admit; recognize; acknowledge.
Webster's New World
To make a full confession or acknowledgment.
When confronted with the evidence the thief owned up to the crime.
American Heritage
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.

American Heritage
come into one's own
  • to receive what properly belongs to one, esp. acclaim or recognition
Webster's New World
get one's own back
  • to get or take revenge; get even
Webster's New World
of one's own
  • belonging strictly to oneself
Webster's New World
on one's own
  • by one's own efforts or on one's own initiative
  • independent of help from others
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Own

Origin of Own

  • From Middle English unnen (“to favour, grant"), from Old English unnan (“to grant, allow, recognise, confess"), from Proto-Germanic *unnanÄ… (“to grant, thank"), from Proto-Indo-European *ān- (“to notice"). Akin to German gönnen (from Old High German gi- + unnan), Old Norse unna (Danish unde). In Gothic only the substantive 𐌰𐌽𐍃𐍄𐍃 (ansts) is attested.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English owen, aȝen, from Old English āgen (“own, proper, peculiar"), from Proto-Germanic *aiganaz (“own"), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (“to have, possess"). Cognate with Scots ain (“own"), Dutch eigen (“own"), German eigen (“own"), Swedish egen (“own"), Icelandic eigin (“own").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English ownen, from Old English āgnian (“to own"). Cognate with German eignen, Swedish ägna, Icelandic eiga. See also the related term owe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English owen from Old English āgen aik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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