Own meaning

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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.

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That which belongs to one.

I wanted a room of my own.

noun
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Of or belonging to oneself or itself.

She makes her own clothes.

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To make a full confession or acknowledgment.

When confronted with the evidence the thief owned up to the crime.

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Related by blood rather than by marriage.
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That which belongs to oneself.

The car is his own; I have reasons of my own.

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Belonging, relating, or peculiar to oneself or itself.

His own book, her own idea.

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To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge.
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To possess; hold as personal property; have.
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To admit; recognize; acknowledge.
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To confess (to)
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To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); "To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to." (Ref 1)

I own this car.

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To claim as one's own; to answer to.
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To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.

I will own my enemies.

If he wins, he will own you.

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To virtually or figuratively enslave.
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(gaming, slang) To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
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(computing, slang) To illicitly obtain "super-user" or "root" access into a computer system thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
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(intransitive) To admit to be true; concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny; to admit to be true. (Ref 2)
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(intransitive) To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)
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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.

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To own one as a son.

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(intransitive, UK dialectal) To confess.
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To own is defined as to possess or acknowledge something.

An example of to own is purchasing a car stereo.

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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.
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come into one's own
  • To receive what properly belongs to one, esp. acclaim or recognition.
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get one's own back
  • To get or take revenge; get even.
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of one's own
  • Belonging strictly to oneself.
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on one's own
  • By one's own efforts or on one's own initiative.
  • Independent of help from others.
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own up (to)
  • To confess (to).
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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 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