own
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈəʊn/
  • (America) enPR: ōn, IPA: /ˈoʊn/
  • (Hong Kong) IPA: /ˈuŋ/

Adjective

own

  1. Belonging to; possessed; proper to. Often marks a possessive determiner as reflexive, referring back to the subject of the clause or sentence.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 24:16 ↗:
      The fathers shall not bee put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: euery man shall be put to death for his owne sinne.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i], page 14 ↗:
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  2. (obsolete) Peculiar, domestic.
  3. (obsolete) Not foreign.
Translations
  • French: (used before the noun) propre
  • German: (used before the noun; declined according to gender and case) eigen
  • Italian: (used before the noun) proprio
  • Portuguese: próprio
  • Russian: свой
  • Spanish: (used before the noun) propio

Verb

own (owns, present participle owning; past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive) To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); to have legal title to.
    I own this car.
  2. (transitive) To have recognized political sovereignty over a place, territory, as distinct from the ordinary connotation of property ownership.
    The United States owns Point Roberts by the terms of the Treaty of Oregon.
  3. (transitive) To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
    I will own my enemies.
    If he wins, he will own you.
  4. (transitive) To virtually or figuratively enslave.
  5. (online gaming, slang) To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
  6. (transitive, computing, slang) To illicitly obtain superuser or root access to a computer system, thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
Synonyms Translations
Verb

own (owns, present participle owning; past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To grant; give.
  2. (intransitive) To admit, concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny.
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524 ↗, part I:
      I am sorry to own I began to worry then.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 5
      They learned how perfectly peaceful the home could be. And they almost regretted—though none of them would have owned to such callousness—that their father was soon coming back.
  3. (transitive) To admit; concede; acknowledge.
    • 1611, Shakespeare, The Tempest, v.:
      Two of those fellows you must know and own.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (book), book 2, ch. 1, Jocelin of Brakelond
      It must be owned, the good Jocelin, spite of his beautiful childlike character, is but an altogether imperfect 'mirror' of these old-world things!
  4. (transitive) To take responsibility for.
  5. (transitive) To answer to.
  6. (transitive) To recognise; acknowledge.
    to own one as a son
  7. (transitive) To claim as one's own.
  8. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To confess.
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