What does own mean?

Definitions for ownoʊn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word own.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. own(a), ain(verb)

    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, possess(verb)

    have ownership or possession of

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


  1. own(Verb)

    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. own(Verb)

    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. own(Verb)

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

  9. own(Verb)

    To confess.

  10. own(Adjective)

    Belonging to; possessed; proper to;

  11. own(Adjective)

    peculiar, domestic;

  12. own

    not foreign;

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    I am my own man.

  2. Cicero:

    To each his own.

  3. Warren Jeffs ':

    I left on my own.

  4. June Saruwatari:

    Be your own guru.

  5. Danish proverb:

    To own is to fear.

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