verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- owlet moth,
- owlet nightjar,
- own brand,
- own goal,
- own medicine,
- own person, be one's,
- own up
- to take possession of that which is due or owed one.
- to receive the recognition that one's abilities merit: She finally came into her own as a sculptor of the first magnitude.
- to maintain one's position or condition: The stock market seems to be holding its own these days.
- to be equal to the opposition: He can hold his own in any fight.
- by dint of one's own efforts, resources, or sense of responsibility; independently: Because she spoke the language, she got around the country very well on her own.
- living or functioning without dependence on others; independent: My son's been on his own for several years.
Origin of own
Examples from the Web for owned
By 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama owned the Asian-American vote, winning it by 47 percentage points.
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.
The QC Group Inc A Minnesota-based corporation, owned by Daniel Medford and David DeVowe, which provides quality control services.
He owned up to the fact that the Democrats were the Government Party.
She owned original artworks by Rembrandt, Velazquez and Titian.
"We've got to act as if we owned the earrth," Archer agreed.Tom Slade with the Boys Over There|Percy K. Fitzhugh
One of the "owned" senators representing a decadent New England state, himself master of the state political machine.Theft|Jack London
The townsmen he owned specially as his "adversaries," but it was the rustics who were to show what a hate he had won.History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)|John Richard Green
Some of the wretched men who were dragged before him he threatened with hanging unless they gave him most or all that they owned.Give Me Liberty|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Washington owned Mount Vernon for forty-six years, just one-half of which time was given to the service of his country.Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
determiner (preceded by a possessive)
- (intensifier)John's own idea; your own mother
- (as pronoun)I'll use my own
- to become fulfilledshe really came into her own when she got divorced
- to receive what is due to one
- without help
- by oneself; alone
Word Origin for own
"possessed," 1620s, past participle adjective from own (v.).
Old English agen "one's own," literally "possessed by," from Proto-Germanic *aigana- "possessed, owned" (cf. Old Saxon egan, Old Frisian egin, Old Norse eiginn, Dutch eigen, German eigen "own"), from past participle of PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess," source of Old English agan "to have" (see owe).
evolved in early Middle English from Old English geagnian, from root agan "to have, to own" (see owe), and in part from the adjective own (q.v.). It became obsolete after c.1300, but was revived early 17c., in part as a back-formation of owner (mid-14c.), which continued. Related: Owned; owning. To own up "make full confession" is from 1853.
In addition to the idioms beginning with own
- own medicine
- own person, be one's
- own up
- afraid of one's own shadow
- after one's own heart
- beat someone at his or her own game
- blow one's own horn
- call one's own
- close to home
- come into (one's own)
- dig one's own grave
- do one's (own) thing
- dose of one's own medicine
- get (one's own) back
- get one's (own) way
- go one's (own) way
- hold one's own
- in one's (own) interest
- in one's own backyard
- in one's own right
- in one's own world
- keep one's own counsel
- know one's own mind
- leave to someone's own devices
- mind of one's own
- mind one's own business
- of one's own accord
- on one's (own) feet
- on one's own
- on one's own account
- on one's own time
- paddle one's own canoe
- pay back in one's own coin
- pay one's (own) way
- pick on (someone your own size)
- pull one's (own) weight
- sign one's own death warrant
- stew in one's own juice
- take into one's (own) hands
- under one's own steam
- write one's own ticket