Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deny; not to allow; refuse to admit.
  • Specifically, in the Society of Friends, to remove from membership; dismiss.
  • Synonyms To disavow, disclaim, disallow, renounce.
  • To refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to one's self; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; not to own or acknowledge; repudiate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self; to disavow or deny, as connected with one's self personally
  • transitive verb To refuse to acknowledge or allow; to deny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To refuse to own or to refuse to acknowledge one’s own.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cast off
  • verb prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting

Etymologies

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dis- +‎ own

Examples

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  • The transports move stealthily to sea—

    The sea so prone to take strange freightage eagerly—

    But this sad freightage even the sea disowns

    And lifts its storms and frowns in darker mood

    And never was a cargo more adrift …

    There are no ports, no country’s flag, no waiting hands

    In any land on earth for it.

    Nor any home to take it in.

    And all the prisons are too proud.

    - Kathryn White Ryan, 'Deported'.

    September 22, 2009