verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for own
- 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
synonym study for own
OTHER WORDS FROM ownnon·own·ing, adjectiveun·owned, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for own
By 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama owned the Asian-American vote, winning it by 47 percentage points.
Tinder and OkCupid are both owned by IAC, the parent company of The Daily Beast.
He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in South Jamaica, Queens.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The TVA, a federally owned and chartered electric power provider, is a New Deal legacy just like Social Security.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.
Neither privately owned nor government stock is entitled to voting power.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Until a few months ago, the boy has lived on a sugar plantation owned by a rich Tagal planter.
She had herself embroidered them to look like a pair worn by the rich lady whose husband owned the plantation.
Suppose that one single person owned all the food supply of a community isolated from the outside world.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Perhaps the very buffalo who owned this pair was the one that gored to death poor Olo.
British Dictionary definitions for own
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
Idioms and Phrases with own
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