American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or belonging to oneself or itself: She makes her own clothes.
- n. That which belongs to one: I wanted a room of my own.
- v. To have or possess as property: owns a chain of restaurants.
- v. To have control over: For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
- v. To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge.
- v. To make a full confession or acknowledgment: When confronted with the evidence the thief owned up. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- idiom. on (one's) own By one's own efforts: She got the job on her own.
- idiom. on (one's) own Responsible for oneself; independent of outside help or control: He is now out of college and on his own.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Properly or exclusively belonging to one's self or itself; pertaining to or characteristic of the subject, person or thing; peculiar; proper; exclusive; particular; individual; private: used after a possessive, emphasizing the possession: as, to buy a thing with one's own money; to see a thing with one's own eyes; he was beaten at his own game; mind your own business.
- [In this sense own is often used elliptically. the noun which it is to be regarded as qualifying being omitted: as, to hold one's own (that is, one's own ground, or one's own cause); a man can do as he likes with his own (that is, his own property, possessions, goods, etc.).
- Actual: used without a possessive, with to instead before the possessor: as, own brother to some one.
- To be free to control one's own time.
- To have or hold as one's own; possess; hold or possess rightfully or legally; nave and enjoy the right of property in; in a general sense, to have: as, to own a large estate, or a part interest in a ship.
- Synonyms Hold, Occupy, etc. See possess.
- To grant; give.
- To admit; concede; acknowledge: as, to own a fault; to own the force of a statement.
- To recognize; acknowledge: as, to own one as a son.
- Synonyms Admit, Confess, etc. See acknowledge.
- To confess: with to: as, to own to a fault.
- v. transitive, obsolete To grant; give.
- v. transitive To admit; concede; acknowledge.
- v. transitive To recognise; acknowledge.
- v. intransitive To confess.
- adj. Belonging to; possessed; proper to.
- adj. obsolete Peculiar, domestic.
- adj. obsolete Not foreign.
- v. transitive 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)
- v. To claim as one's own; to answer to.
- v. transitive To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
- v. transitive To virtually or figuratively enslave.
- v. gaming, slang To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
- v. transitive, 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.
- v. intransitive To admit to be true; concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny; to admit to be true. (Ref 2)
- v. intransitive To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to recognize in a particular character.
- adj. Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to; peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as
my, our, thy, your, his, her, its, their, in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest, or exclusive ownership
- v. To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to be the proprietor or possessor of; to possess.
- adj. belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
- v. have ownership or possession of
- From Middle English unnen ("to favour, grant"), from Old English unnan ("to grant, allow, recognise, confess"), from Proto-Germanic *unnanan (“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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English owen, from Old English āgen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Just as homosexuality combined with pre-modern medicine not going to pass on your own genes if you choose not to reproduce is likely to stop the passing on of _your own_ genes, but could improve the survival of those related to you- say you help raise your niece or nephew- asexuality might well improve social fitness.”
“For me, the most intellectually stimulating conversations of the year were with Fellows who spoke not of the most recent book they had read in their field or a lecture they had just heard on the very subject they deal with in their own university, but with those who were trying to relate knowledge and methods gained in some other field to their own .”
“She received all attentions from the Royal Family as her due, and knew not how to draw the distinction between what was due to her own merit and what was given by these personages as due to their _own_ high standard of courtesy and compassion.”
“In fact he would have given ten thousand pounds from his own pocket (Kate's plum was _her own_) if he could have invented anything like an excuse for complying with our very natural wishes.”
“When a pupil makes his own Correlations, every concurrence he uses is a _real_ concurrence to him, and so with his Ins. and Exs. This is a decisive reason why the Pupil should merely look upon my Correlations as models, but make and memorise his _own_ Correlations in all cases, as being more vivid to _him_ and, therefore, more certainly remembered, as well as more effectively strengthening the Memory in both its Stages.”
“So you see, all things considered, it would be much better for you to return to your own people -- ahem -- _own people_," said Mr. Starkweather, with emphasis.”
“The _slave_ never can do this as long as he is a _slave_; whilst he is a "chattel personal" he can own _no_ property; but the time _is to come_ when _every_ man is to sit under _his own_ vine and _his own_ fig-tree, and no domineering driver, or irresponsible master, or irascible mistress, shall make him afraid of the chain or the whip.”
“It starts as the assertion of any desire; it ends as _the organization of one's own desires into a system of desires recognized as superior and then made one's own_.”
“Why should I dissemble my own belief that the 'Drama' is worth two or three 'Seraphims' -- _my own_ belief, you know, which is worth nothing, writers knowing themselves so superficially, and having such a natural leaning to their last work.”
“This is especially true of «suus, - a, - um», which, when inserted, is more or less emphatic, like our _his own, her own_, etc.”
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