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 owning
For an artist like myself, the most important part is the publishing, and owning my own copyright.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie|Marlow Stern|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On his YouTube page, Zavilenski boasts of owning a laser engraver.
We loved Zellweger as Bridget Jones for owning her weight, finding love, and never settling for less than she deserved.Renee Zellweger's Face Gets More Medical Scrutiny Than Ebola|Emily Shire|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Louisiana lawmakers barred those convicted of domestic violence from owning a gun for 10 years.Use Your Vote to Take Stand Against Domestic Violence|Shannon Watts|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It says so much about the difference between putting your name on something and owning it instead of being one tiny part of it.
In owning this much he qualified his admission by insisting that his affection was totally devoid of passion.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Owning to the rapid changes in all the circumstances of our lives, it was difficult to preserve old associations.The Last Voyage|Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
But he was determined to spare the repentant traitor the humiliation of owning a fault and accepting a pardon.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nataly sighed, foreseeing evil, owning it a superstition, feeling it a certainty.One of Our Conquerors, Complete|George Meredith
John Splitimber, a planter of meagre means, died in 1677 owning eight cows and one bull.The Planters of Colonial Virginia|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
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
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