I wanted a room of my own.
The car is his own; I have reasons of my own.
She makes her own clothes.
His own book, her own idea.
An example of to own is purchasing a car stereo.
An example of own used as an adjective is the phrase is "make your own pasta," when a man makes pasta from scratch.
Owns a chain of restaurants.
When confronted with the evidence the thief owned up to the crime.
For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
I will own my enemies.
If he wins, he will own you.
Surprisingly, I realised my own brother had the same idea as me. You need to find your own seat - this one is mine. He gave her a pen, because he already had his own. The restored Maxwell is Bob's own car. They went this way, but we need to find our own way. We have made some arrangements, but you will need to make your own. They were all prepared for the picnic, because they had all brought their own food and plates.
- 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.
- to receive what properly belongs to one, esp. acclaim or recognition
- to get or take revenge; get even
- belonging strictly to oneself
- by one's own efforts or on one's own initiative
- independent of help from others
- to confess (to)
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of own
- Middle English owen from Old English āgen aik- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 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 Middle English ownen, from Old English āgnian (“to own"). Cognate with German eignen, Swedish ägna, Icelandic eiga. See also the related term owe.