- a person who owns; possessor; proprietor.
Origin of owner
- of, relating to, or belonging to oneself or itself (usually used after a possessive to emphasize the idea of ownership, interest, or relation conveyed by the possessive): He spent only his own money.
- (used as an intensifier to indicate oneself as the sole agent of some activity or action, preceded by a possessive): He insists on being his own doctor.
- to have or hold as one's own; possess: They own several homes.
- to acknowledge or admit: to own a fault.
- to acknowledge as one's own; recognize as having full claim, authority, power, dominion, etc.: He owned his child before the entire assembly. They owned the king as their lord.
- to totally defeat, gain control over, or dominate in a competition: I totally owned the last two levels of the game. He owned the season from beginning to end and took the world title.
- to take over a (a computer system, program, or computer) without authorization: The network has been owned by a hacker.
- to confess (often followed by to, up, or up to): The one who did it had better own up. I own to being uncertain about that.
- come into one's 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.
- get one's own back, to get revenge and thereby a sense of personal satisfaction, as for a slight or a previous setback; get even with somebody or something: He saw the award as a way of getting his own back for all the snubs by his colleagues.
- hold one's own,
- 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.
- of one's own, belonging to oneself: She had never had a room of her own.
- on one's own,
- 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
Synonyms for ownSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for own
Related Words for ownerpartner, proprietor, holder, landowner, squire, heir, governor, possessor, keeper, purchaser, heritor, sharer, heiress, legatee, titleholder
Examples from the Web for owner
Contemporary Examples of owner
The owner of the original video of the “dead cops” chant told me it was taken on 32nd Street between 5th and Madison avenues.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
The owner of www.blow-me.org is facing a lawsuit for sexual harassment.Texas Congressman Sued Over "Wet Dreams" About Former Staffer
December 16, 2014
Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
"Right now beer is a trend," Bernardo Rivas, the owner of Bodega Mi Amiga tells me in the imported beer aisle.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Adrian Hill, owner of the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt where Williamson lived at the time, organized the show.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Historical Examples of owner
"You are trifling, Smithson," the owner of the store exclaimed, in high exasperation.
Mary regarded the owner of the store with grave questioning in her violet eyes.
Turning his head, he saw it was James Danby, an owner, sitting in his private box.
As eagerly as a boy their owner, Crane, came forward and saluted Allis.
"If he's an owner he'll probably be in the paddock," replied the composed one.
- a person who owns; legal possessor
- (intensifier)John's own idea; your own mother
- (as pronoun)I'll use my own
- on behalf of oneself or in relation to oneselfhe is his own worst enemy
- come into one's own
- to become fulfilledshe really came into her own when she got divorced
- to receive what is due to one
- get one's own back informal to have revenge
- hold one's own to maintain one's situation or position, esp in spite of opposition or difficulty
- on one's own
- without help
- by oneself; alone
- (tr) to have as one's possession
- (when intr, often foll by up, to, or up to) to confess or admit; acknowledge
- (tr; takes a clause as object) rare to concedeI own that you are right
Word Origin for own
Word Origin and History for owner
mid-14c., agent noun 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.
Idioms and Phrases with owner
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