What does own mean?

Definitions for own

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word own.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. own(a), ainverb

    belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive

    "for your own use"; "do your own thing"; "she makes her own clothes"; "`ain' is Scottish"

  2. own, have, possessverb

    have ownership or possession of

    "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"


  1. ownverb

    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.

  2. ownverb

    To claim as one's own; to answer to.

  3. own

    To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.

  4. own

    To virtually or figuratively enslave.

  5. own

    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.

  6. own

    To admit to be true; concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny; to admit to be true. (Ref 2)

  7. own

    To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)

  8. ownverb

    To recognise, to acknowledge responsibility for, to admit to be true.

  9. ownverb

    To confess.

  10. ownadjective

    Belonging to; possessed; proper to;

  11. ownadjective

    peculiar, domestic;

  12. own

    not foreign;

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OWNnoun

    Etymology: agen, Saxon; eygen, Dutch.

    Inachus in his cave alone,
    Wept not another’s losses, but his own. Dryden.

    I yet never was forsworn,
    Scarcely have coveted what was my own. William Shakespeare.

    Every nation made gods of their own, and put them in high places. 2 Kings xvii. 29.

    For my own share one beauty I design,
    Engage your honours that she shall be mine. Dryden.

    It is conceit rather than understanding, if it must be under the restraint of receiving and holding opinions by the authority of any thing but their own perceived evidence. John Locke.

    Will she thy linen wash, or hosen darn,
    And knit thee gloves made of her own spun yarn. John Gay.

    Passion and pride were to her soul unknown,
    Convinc’d that virtue only is our own. Alexander Pope.

    These toils abroad, these tumults with his own,
    Fell in the revolution of one year. Daniel.

    There’s nothing sillier than a crafty knave out-witted, and beaten at his own play. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Ownverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    When you come, find me out,
    And own me for your son. John Dryden, Cleomenes.

    Tell me, ye Trojans, for that name you own;
    Nor is your course upon our coasts unknown. Dryden.

    Others on earth o’er human race preside,
    Of these the chief, the care of nations own,
    And guard with arms divine the British throne. Alexander Pope.

    I’ll venture out alone,
    Since you, fair princess, my protection own. Dryden.

    Make this truth so evident, that those who are unwilling to own it may yet be ashamed to deny it. John Tillotson.

    Others will own their weakness of understanding. John Locke.


  1. own

    The term "own" generally refers to possessing or having legal control or ownership over something, such as property, possessions, or intellectual rights. It implies having exclusive rights, authority, or responsibility over something.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Own

    ōn, v.t. to grant: to allow to be true: concede: acknowledge. [A.S. unnan, to grant; Ger. gönnen, to grant.]

  2. Own

    ōn, v.t. to possess: to be the rightful owner of. [A.S. ágnian, with addition of casual suffix—ágen, one's own; cf. Own (adj.).]

  3. Own

    ōn, adj. possessed: belonging to one's self and to no other: peculiar.—ns. Own′er, one who owns or possesses; Own′ership, state of being an owner: right of possession. [A.S. ágen, pa.p. of ágan, to possess. Cf. Owe.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'own' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #115

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'own' in Written Corpus Frequency: #250

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'own' in Verbs Frequency: #318

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of own in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of own in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of own in a Sentence

  1. Misha Migdal:

    As we speak, my phone is ringing right now… people telling me my country is going to be destroyed, there are people fighting there not just for their lives, they’re fighting for what probably resonated with every normal American, they’re fighting for their freedom to exist as a free people in their own country.

  2. Druw Jones:

    We're probably almost exactly the same, i try and make it my own game and be able to pursue and keep my career going and not really worry about what he did back in past but to be able have my own name and play my own way.

  3. Paul Dergarabedian:

    Its really difficult for a director to become a superstar whose name gets people in theater, and Jordan Peele has done just that, hes a superstar director with a brand all his own, and thats with two feature films under his belt. Thats pretty astonishing. That just doesnt happen.

  4. Nate Smith:

    Camp Ozark shared the information that they had on out-of-state campers and a counselor. They took action. They initially sent campers home and some counselors home, and then, as they had additional cases, they made the decision on their own to go ahead and close down for now.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.

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