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.

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. Carrie Severino:

    What Justice Scalia is referring to is the 'mismatch theory' popularized by Stuart Taylor and Richard Sander in their book, the idea is that if a student is admitted to a school they are not academically prepared for then they will not perform up to their own potential. This is a theory -- contested of course -- but I don't want people to get the idea that it means that all black students are not as smart as white students, or even that they are not as well prepared across the board.

  2. Universal Music Group:

    UMG’s success has been, in part, due to embracing new technology and putting it to work for our artists — as we have been doing with our own innovation around AI for some time already, however, the training of generative AI using our artists’ music … begs the question as to which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on.

  3. Mayor Francis:

    We will appeal the ruling with the hope that higher courts will affirm the city's authority to adopt its own minimum wage.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I mean, let people make their own determination.

  5. Janet Murguía:

    As a civil rights organization, we believe we must side with protecting women's rights, and not with a process that eviscerates them, a majority of women -- and a majority of Latinas -- want the freedom to make their own decisions regarding their health and well-being, and believe these decisions should be a private matter between them and their health care provider.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. naiant
    • C. ostensive
    • D. askant

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